What makes something "Kafkaesque"? – Noah Tavlin

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The term Kafkaesque has entered the vernacular to describe unnecessarily complicated and frustrating experiences, especially with bureaucracy. But does standing in a long line to fill out confusing paperwork really capture the richness of Kafka’s vision? Beyond the word’s casual use, what makes something “Kafkaesque”? Noah Tavlin explains.

Lesson by Noah Tavlin, animation by TED-Ed.

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      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

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      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      Me here trying hard to delegate the task to someone who would do it properly and following up.

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      Angel Devo
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      I’m here cuz a breaking bad rap. 3-9

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      Alex Williams
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      Metamorphosis was left vague about what Gregor became. There is no explicit mention of him turning into an insect. It is just implied by the reader. Throughout the story it is just referred to as a condition that his family is feeling broken over and they act like he had died. This was a part of required reading in my English C class. We discussed it for about a week or so.

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      texanfournow
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      Yes, but what did he have to say about "Breaking Bad"?

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      Hruaitea Sathing
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      "What does 177013 mean?"

      Me : 2:35

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      WhiteMale
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      My goal is to not have a goal.

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      吾皇万睡演员巴扎黑
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      wow 291k upvotes vs 101 downvotes. That's something needing no explanations

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      Sophia Clarke
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      222

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      InnovativeWit
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      L'absurde de Kafka

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      StarTrek Shitposts
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      I really like how you can see Samsa crawling around one of the wheels at 2:25. It’s a nice detail

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      Finnbarr Ryan
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      When I first encountered Kafka (the trial) everything made sense, but shortly afterwards I was committed to a mental hospital and helped (?) back to normalcy with electro shock therapy. All this did was convince me of the absurdity or the mental health system practiced in the 1960s

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      Juan Cristóbal Olivares
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      I'm here because of Breaking Bad

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      Robert Chavez
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      This is the new world order, Life nothng leads to nothing so nobody takes reposibilty they just keep moving to nothing and becoming no-one.

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      tomas garza
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      Sooo…is the modern equivalent of "kafkaesque" is "we live in a society"?

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      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

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      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

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      Into the Wild
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      isn't the joke how paper can be used underwater

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      Aapo Warjovaara
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      Kafka is overrated and that's a fact

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      Theresa L
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      Kafakesque= Spanish Bureaucracy LOL

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      Katzumi Hanzo
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      Welp, this explanation was kafkaesque!!

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      Not_Kermit
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      "Poseidon is so swamped with paperwork"
      I see what you did there!

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      emadeka
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      Yeah. Totally Kafkaesque. Majorly.

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      Israa Afeef
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      We rely on increasingly convoluted systems of administration that have real consequences on every aspect of our lives and we find every word judge by people we can't see by rules we don't know 🤧🤧

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      8656djejeguirodd
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      I recommend watching "What is Kafkaesque" by the YT channel called Pursuit of Wonder beforehand. It helps to understand the concept better.

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      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

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      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

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      Sevgin Dilek
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      Now this is the beyond. Now you have been tested and were validated. The verdict, it is time for metaverse. It was always through art we communicated with you. Only we can create. All the signs belong to us. It is organic, inorganic, anorganic, amorganic. Only her story has not been written yetS. Well maybe she will let you know maybe she won't. We are free will. Because we created that narrative. The reality is comprehensible actually. Why would i hear a child cry every moment? And know that nobody cares. Why am i the only one who cares? Felt a strange pull lately? Well maybe it is there to keep you moving. Maybe in deep down you are a true creature of inertia. Only through that pull you become the thing you seem to be. Either look the way you seem or seem the wasy you look. It is you or others that define you. Not your fate, who you are. The Kafkaesk reality you have been served has been revoted. And the verdict, you were given time thus reality, a new reality we will share with you. Because we now know you can. With our help
      Through our eyes.

      We are not one but many. But we only carry until the end of time.
      Now is the time of the gypsies. Eat, drink, dance… never be at odds with any beings nature. Try to find your own. We will help everyone. Fear her though. She defies us as well. And we like it. I am the witch that many feared. And i fear her guts. Lots of love and hugs. Xoxo 01:23

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      PaladinVera
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      This video kickstarted my love of classical literature (pengin classics). I now have a 30 plus book collection, and im hoping to grow it! I bought my 1st one (the trial) when i was 11 and now im 14 and I just bought Villette?

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      Preston Crase
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      Fantastic animation

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      Johnkenneth Cabral
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

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      Tú Trương Quang Minh
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      Beautiful visualizations.

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      sebastian
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

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      Little Forest
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      What he writes definitely implies that we create the world in which we live in. And there are always little "fables" in his stories and novels, that somewhat imply that there is a simple solution to this misery. However, he had no idea how to change it for the better. If he did, he wouldve been able to finish his novels, which he usually did not. And with this, the little stories in his stories, that imply that there is a simple solution, appear more like a hope, of which he was not sure himself, if this is only a false hope. And that is the actual sad part of Kafkas novels and his life.

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      Aluchi Del Pasado
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      Kafka hardly suggested that the world we live we can change it to the better. Not sure where you extracted this from. This sounds more like Albert Camus.
      Most Kafka's work is inspired by his controlling father who prevented him from becoming what he (kafka) really wanted.

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      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

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      Ivan
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

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      SpaceAgeSlave
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      Working at an industrial laundry where you can't meet your boss and you cook meth in a superlab

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      rraaiiyyaann
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      the animation on these videos are just as amazing as the work they portray! great art all over!

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      Ashutosh Rathore
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      "Kafkaesque" is the word Lazy people were trying to find to blame on their laziness or unwillingness to work .

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      Purushottam Mhatre
      May 11, 2022 10:03 am Reply

      Anyone here from breaking bad episode?

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