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Feb 01, 2021
The main reason I liked this novel was because of the parallels that one could draw from it to the criminal justice system in the United States. The mass incarceration of people of color has led to communities depleted of capital to work in the economy, children growing up without fathers, crime ridden neighborhoods, and inner cities that are considered ghettoes due to the lack of affordable housing, education, nutrition, and clean water. The jury system in this book is similar to the one in America, a confusing system that is difficult to navigate without a lawyer, and one that often has a bias, not representing the right to a jury by one’s peers. In this way, I think Kafka does a great job illustrating the inequities in the criminal justice system and how that affects everyday people.