Kafka’s “The Sudden Stroll”: A Visual Representation

Pictured above is my representation of Kafka’s short story, “The Sudden Stroll”. In this vague graphic, I wanted to portray both the literal and figurative aspects that the short story expressed. In the literal sense, I depicted the individual from a distance on a long winding path, similar to the endless stream of thought within the first paragraph/sentence of the story. To represent the same structure of the story, I chose to repeatedly use the word “when” to establish different points of realisation for the central figure. Speaking of central figure, I allude to the last few lines of the short story that refer to the persona as a “sharply-defined silhouette”. Thus, I chose to depict my central figure at the end of the winding road as a silhouette of a figure. Regarding the choice to blur both the early moments of the road and background figures, this is reference to the blur of early life mentioned in the first lines of the short story. As the global issue presented in this short story is about identity and their role in society, I wanted to show that each figure goes through their own strolls throughout life, as well as realising their own self-worth and purpose.

6 thoughts on “Kafka’s “The Sudden Stroll”: A Visual Representation

  1. Hi Austin – the most important thing I learned from your creation is that by the end of life, some of us may still live in uncertainty. Although the narrator made up his final decision to go on a sudden stroll, in your artwork, you portrayed him with his arms jutted out, almost as if to indicate confusion, even at the end of the winding road. Perhaps, even after meeting his friend and enduring life, the narrator still remains oblivious of his hopes and purpose.

  2. Hi Austin! I really liked how you took a text and made it a visual. I think you did a really good job of communicating the isolation of the subject and recreating that mindset visually.

  3. Hi Austin, I thought your representation of “The Sudden Stroll” was very insightful. It made me realize that life can be a long winding road, and you might ponder on your conflicts for a long time, yet your life can still have uncertainties.

  4. Your visual representation is very cool, Austin! I agree with everything you said. But I am not sure about two things. Why is the drawing so dark? I feel like this short story does contain some hope and is not as negative as the others. Also, what do the two groups of people at the end represent? What two groups in society?

  5. Hi Austin!

    I am really amazed by how you creatively displayed your interpretation of the text. Just curious though, in the short story, the persona is looking for a “friend”, why might Kafka do this? (and who could it be)

  6. Hi Austin!

    I am really amazed by how you creatively displayed your interpretation of the text. I am curious though, in the short story, the persona is looking for a “friend”, why might Kafka do this? (and who could it be)

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