There’s A Creature in The Woodshed
Growing up, it’s easy to ignore stories of monsters who lived here before us. Like they’re just fairytales our parents tell us to put us to sleep, or scare us out of misbehaving. We have enough pride at a certain age to scoff, roll our eyes, and claim how fake it all is.
“A Hunger Artist” and the Contemporary Tragedy of Working for the Knife
“A Hunger Artist” is a story that depicts an artist feeling unfulfilled in his craft when given top-tier opportunities and support, but later found that once he breaks free and is able to express his art the way he wants to, no one is there to see, and those who are never even cared. Themes like these are all too real for some artists in real life, their original voices and ideas never once being heard nor cared about, before later fading into obscurity. Therefore, it is fairly common to see the ideas expressed within the short story within many forms of contemporary media. In order to analyze the relationship between Franz Kafka’s “A Hunger Artist” as well as contemporary songs like “Cabinet Man” and “Working for the Knife,” one must consider how the artists equate their art with their worth, feel empty if their art is not valued, and attempt to escape the quotidian confines of their respective societies.