What happened to “Innocent until proven Guilty?”. Guilt can be a powerful overwhelming feeling. Our actions and character can be an indication as to if you are seen as guilty or innocent. Our natural human instincts to fear being judged and looked at differently. Franz Kafka’s The Trial opens with an idea of guilt and innocence. “Someone must have slandered Joseph K., for one morning, without having done anything wrong, he was arrested” (Pg.1) This leads the reader from the get go that believe that Joseph K is innocent. However, as the novel slowly unfolds, we are given bits and pieces of more information that shifts and stretches this theory. We start to second guess whether or not Joseph K is innocent or not. We never actually find out what Joseph K did wrong, but his guilty conscious becomes more obvious. The recurring theme of guilt manifests itself throughout the novel onto Joseph K’s. Joseph K seems to be a lucky man until the one day that his life is turned upside down.


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