In the Penal Colony, by Franz Kafka

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" In the Penal Colony" "In The Penal Colony", Kafka illustrates the capital punishment of a colony run by a governor. Throughout the story, the officer who performs the execution reinforces all his actions by saying that this was how the previous governor used to do it or that this his how the previous governor would have liked it done. In doing this, Kafka applies his story to some everyday lifestyles by illustrating the manor of …

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…and have even higher courts over them. That isn't the case here, or at least it wasn't under the previous governor." Most people in modern days see a more just system if their accused crimes were to be judged by a jury than one person who gives the final word with no appeal. Yet the officer insists on keeping the old ways of tradition and insisting that they are the right ways to live by.