Study Guide

The Trial Characters

By Franz Kafka

Josef K.

Outlaws, rebels, anti-heroes, iconoclasts – they're such staples of pop culture and...

Huld

If your defense lawyer always meets with you in his bedroom, chances are he's probably not the...

Titorelli

A painter, and a terrible one at that, might seem to be the worst person to seek legal advice...

The Prison Chaplain

The prison chaplain surprises K. in the cathedral when he was originally expecting to meet an...

Block

Block the merchant, another of Huld's clients, repulses K. perhaps because of how similar his...

Fraülein Bürstner

Fraülein Bürstner is another tenant in K.'s lodging house, the first of the many women...

Leni

Leni, another of K.'s women, is Huld's nurse, and perhaps even his mistress. Unlike Fraülein...

The Court Usher's Wife

The court usher's wife is yet another woman associated with the court who throws herself at K....

Uncle Karl/Albert

It isn't clear why K.'s uncle is called Karl when he's first introduced, then Albert later on in...

Franz and Willem

Franz and Willem are the two guards who arrest K. in his bedroom on the fateful morning his trial...

The Inspector

The inspector makes a brief appearance in the first chapter of the novel to inform K. that he's...

Frau Grubach

To K., Frau Grubach, his landlady, is a simple, naïve woman who trusts him implicitly. He's...

The Examining Magistrate

The examining magistrate conducts K.'s initial court inquiry. K.'s discovery that the examining...

The Court Usher

When K. meets the court usher, the court usher's wife has just been taken away by a law student,...

The Flogger

The flogger makes a brief appearance in Chapter 5 in the junk closet of K.'s bank. Dressed in...

The Bank Vice President

The bank vice president is a rival of K.'s at his bank. He takes advantage of K.'s distraction to...

The Two Gentlemen

Two gentlemen arrive in the last chapter of the novel to escort K. to his execution. Their...