A Country Doctor   Franz Kafka
Summary• Doctor loses his horse• He needs to treat a young sick boy• Meets groom in pigsty, and uses his horses to reach  ...
Existentialism (Alienation)• He is the only doctor in the village• The villagers have expectations of him  that he cannot ...
Existentialism (Absurdity)• He randomly loses his horse• The horses emerge from the pigsty, one  their knees like camels• ...
Existentialism (Death)• The sick patient, who is relying on the  doctor, is dying and he is not treated• The villagers bel...
Existentialism (Choice)• There is a lack of choice/control throughout the  story, which brings him challenges  –   Severe ...
Religion• The groomsman seems to possess devil-  like qualities (emerges from pigsty, brings  trouble to doctor)• The vill...
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A country doctor

  1. 1. A Country Doctor Franz Kafka
  2. 2. Summary• Doctor loses his horse• He needs to treat a young sick boy• Meets groom in pigsty, and uses his horses to reach patient• The groom follows a scared Rosa into the house after he sends off the doctor• He arrives at the patients’ house, at first believing there is nothing wrong then noticing the “rose red bloom”- worms coming out of his side• The doctor wants to return to check on Rosa, and escapes without treating the patient
  3. 3. Existentialism (Alienation)• He is the only doctor in the village• The villagers have expectations of him that he cannot fulfill• No one understands his desire to return home• In the end, he’s in despair and alone’ – “my flourishing practice is lost; my successor will rob me…the nasty groom is rampaging through my house; Rosa is his victim.”
  4. 4. Existentialism (Absurdity)• He randomly loses his horse• The horses emerge from the pigsty, one their knees like camels• He has to climb into bed naked with the patient for unknown reasons• The audience is unsure if its real life or a dream
  5. 5. Existentialism (Death)• The sick patient, who is relying on the doctor, is dying and he is not treated• The villagers believe that he’s worthless if he can’t save the boy and would deserve to die – “First undress him, then he’ll cure us, if he doesn’t, then we’ll kill him! He’s a doctor, just a doctor.”
  6. 6. Existentialism (Choice)• There is a lack of choice/control throughout the story, which brings him challenges – Severe snowstorm – Mysterious groom – Dying patient – Torment he feels for Rosa• He is spurred on by the groom to leave Rosa, he is unable to leave the patient to return, he can’t stop the groom from raping Rosa
  7. 7. Religion• The groomsman seems to possess devil- like qualities (emerges from pigsty, brings trouble to doctor)• The villagers view the doctor with the regard of worshippers to a god• He is unauthoritative, and possesses no god-like qualities• The wounds is like Jesus’ wound

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