Prague Castle. How to get to Kafka Apartment with bridge view from Vaclav Havel Airport Prague Based on Franz Kafka's The Castle. A certain K. appears in a snow-covered godforsaken village as All the power in the village belongs to the mysterious Castle that strangers are barred from accessing Coincidentally, around the same time Moshe Safdie was building a similar scheme, Habitat 67, in Montreal, Canada for Expo 67. Both projects explore the cellular housing typologies that branch out from a central organization system in addition to the diverse spatial qualities that are generated from a more unitized and porous design.This model of meaning as an ongoing, productive process of deferral does not exactly fit Girard’s theory of culture. Girard argues that sacrifice or scapegoating is the originary human operation, which actually precedes language, and which, despite its functionality, has a negative ethical value, at least from a perspective that recognizes individual rights (EC 124). The only way out of the sacrificial process is through Christian truth, which has a nondialectical relationship to sacrifice; the alternatives are stark.(11) In Eric Gans’s necessary revision of Girard, the originary and essential human operation is the exchange of signs, which functions ethically to defer the violence that threatens the group. All signs are mediated by desire, and thus there is no “outside” of desire. We can only minimize, not eliminate, the distortions of desire through an analysis that traces our representations back to a hypothetical common scene of origin (Gans, OT 1-44). From this perspective, all culture is more or less sacrificial, but progressive forms of culture rationalize and minimize sacrifice: for example, the mutual exchange of words in comparison with divine hierarchy. Who is Franz Kafka? Kafka himself tried to answer that question through his writing. Kafka, who died in 1924 at the age of 40, was Jewish in an anti-Semitic Europe. He was a German speaker in.. By equating transcendence with meaning, of course, I already assume a rudimentary definition of meaning; but I share this assumption with the novel. Meaning is transcendent because its source is above and beyond; while it is true that K. seeks the domestic goals of job, home, and family, the achievement of his goals depends upon the Castle, which is literally above and beyond the village, remaining more or less inaccessible to the villagers. The concept of transcendence implies that there is something to be transcended or gone beyond. In The Castle, K.’s quest requires overcoming various obstacles, the chief of which is the distance between village and Castle. K. essentially seeks sanction from the Castle, independently of his other goals; meaning requires validation from a locus external to the self and the immediate community.