February 2013 | PDF |
Crosbian Nihilistic Reading of Sadegh Hedayat’s Three Drops of Blood and Franz Kafka’s The Trial
Hassan Shahabi (Ph.D.)
Islamic Azad University, Kerman Branch, Iran
Fatehem Mojdegani (M.A.)
Islamic Azad University, Arak Branch, Iran
Hassan Shahabi, assistant professor of English Literature and Language Studies at Islamic Azad University, Kerman Branch, Iran.His research interests include Criticism, Modern Drama and discourse analysis.
Fatemah Mojdegani, M.A. in English Literature. She has been graduated from Islamic Azad University, Arak Branch, Iran. Her research interests include criticism, modern novels and stories.
Nihilism as a philosophical concept is an inner feature, related to the mind of the man. This study aims at showing the futility of life that causes hopelessness in man’s life through surveying the two selected works from world literature: Franz Kafka’s The Trial and Sadegh Hedayat’s Three Drops of Blood. The works signify the internal problems, tensions, and valueless feelings of man toward living in the world. This article shows that the two works under analysis, despite their being the products of noticeably different times, places, languages, and cultures, similarly deal with the concept of nihilism as a -if not the- dominant subject matter. It also proves that each of the two works tends to support its nihilism through a certain set of nihilistic arguments or themes, these sets remarkably overlap at some places, which -again considering the abovementioned discrepancies- further strengthens the two works thematic affinity, this time in terms of their attitudes towards their nihilism.
Key words: Nihilism, Absurd, Literary works