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Rather than simply giving a nod of approval to Kafka's work, I hoped to offer my own ideas about what he had to say. I felt that by agreeing with, assessing, and interpreting what Kafka had written that I could give some new credibility to his unique vision of America. Much of what he said in his book resonated with what America was and has become. I saw reflections of Kafka's story in the collective American history, the history of my family, contemporary events, the state of the nation today, and also my own personal experiences. Growing up, I had great-grandparents whose voices were still marked by their foreign accents even in old age. They had lived the immigrant experience, finding their way in a new land, much like Karl in the novel. Additionally, I could see the American history that Kafka understood manifested in the world of today. From the fascination with automobiles to the showing of American might, our country is much like the one Kafka created. By placing passages from Amerika next to relevant historical information, I hoped to demonstrate legitimate connections between Kafka's work and American reality.