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In the Penal Colony

In the Penal Colony

by Franz Kafka

The Old Commandant

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

He might be God, a dictator, a prophet figure of some kind, or just a man on a power trip. Check out his "Character Analysis" for more.

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