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The Trial

The Trial

  

by Franz Kafka

The Two Gentlemen

Character Analysis

Two gentlemen arrive in the last chapter of the novel to escort K. to his execution. Their appearance parallels the two guards who arrest K. in the first chapter of the novel. The executioners' extreme courtesy toward K. oddly makes his execution even more terrifying because of the creepy contrast between their polite demeanor and their gruesome task.

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