Study Guide

In the Penal Colony Characters

By Franz Kafka

The Explorer

The first thing you might notice about the explorer is that, well, there's not a whole lot to...

The Officer

If the explorer is the character who watches the spectacle of the story, the officer is the...

The Condemned Man

[…] a stupid-looking, wide-mouthed creature with bewildered hair and face […] in any...

The Soldier

The soldier is a dull-witted fellow whose most distinct features are that he seems to fall asleep...

The Old Commandant

The old Commandant was the founder of the penal colony and the designer of the apparatus....

The New Commandant

With the death of the old Commandant, the new Commandant is the one running the show at the penal...

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