The Parable of the Doorkeeper The Parable is simple and straightforward. It foreshadows the death of K. Although that is not all it does. The character of the doorkeeper is the interesting one. He is made up of all the characters that K has interacted with, thatt have to do with his case.
The doorkeeper is a blend of the warders, the Inspector, the washer-woman, the distrist judge, the lawyer and the two men who kill him. The story is an easy giveaway. It tells K what has happened in the past, and what will happen to him next. The story and its content itself are not really that important, one knows how the plot of the novel will turn out, almost from the outset. The importance lies in the discussion K has with the priest. The story was a simple, and poetic, way to summarize the entire novel. The main part of the story worth viewing and discussing are the multiple character of the doorkeeper.
The first character of the doorkeeper that one sees is the warders. When the man goes to the “place” of law, he encounters the doorkeeper. The doorkeeper does not allow him to go inside. This reminds one of how K was treated, by the warders, when he tried to discover his charge. The act of refusing entry into the house of law, can be considered to the “incarceration” that K was put under.
Although, it appeared that the greater part in impeding entry into the house of law, can be compared to the judges. When the doorkeeper says that maybe K will be allowed entry later, it reminds one of the Inspector. He attempts to act as Ks friend, and gives him no solace, by saying that he knows nothing. The Inspector says, that he knows nothing about the mans charge, and is probably the only one whos on his “side”. The doorkeeper never says this to the man, but the man finds the doorkeeper his only friend.
The attitude that the doorkeeper displays that he might seem small, but the guys after him get bigger and worse, reminds one of how the washer woman talks about the judge. The way she says that this judge is rather nice, and how its not worth taking them all on is just how the doorkeeper talks about the doorkeepers that succeed him. The little interludes that the doorkeeper does converse with him, reminds one of the special attitude presented by the lawyer towards K. Even though the conversations were brief, they showed that the doorkeeper wasnt made of stone, and there was some emotion behind the system. that is pretty much what the lawyer is there for.
he doesnt really does any good work for K, but he tries to make him feel better. When the doorkeeper shuts the door, he obviously reminds one of the two “killers”. The way that the doorkeeper moves over toward the dying man and tells him that he will now shut the door that was meant for him. Just like the two men, they come over, dont talk too much, and eventually kill him. The man who comes to seek justice, reminds one more of Block. He is too meek, and submissive.
He doesnt match Ks strong, arrogant, brash, behavior.