Camus and Kafka have both been central to 20th century writing and thought.  Both wrote about the relationship of the individual to society. But they had very different visions. Camus saw the individual as having the power to change and influence society.  While Kafka honed in on the limitations of the individual to change anything and the power of the state and social organisation.   

Who got it right?  Should we follow Camus and see freedom and the ability to change the world as essential to the human condition?  Or is this an illusion, and instead recognise that we are limited by culture, upbringing, and organisation, so that there is no room left for the lone individual to alter and change the character of society or the course of their lives?

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