In Franz Kafka’s parable “Before the Law”, a man arrives at the Door to the Law and asks for admittance. The door stands open but the doorkeeper tells him to wait. The man waits for a long time. He curses his bad luck, at first boldly and loud. Later, as he grows old, he only grumbles to himself. Finally, with his dying breath, he asks the doorkeeper why nobody other than himself has ever come before the Door to the Law. The doorkeeper says, “No one eles could ever be admitted here, since this gate was made only for you,” and the doorkeeper shuts the door.

Kafka's Before the Law

Kafka’s Before the Law

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