the gesture remains the decisive thing

...the gestures of Kafka's figures are too powerful for our accustomed surroundings and break out into wider areas. The greater Kafka's mastery became, the more frequently did he eschew adapting these gestures to common situations or explaining them. ... Like El Greco, Kafka tears open the sky behind every gesture; but as with El Greco--who was the patron saint of the Expressionists--the gesture remains the decisive thing, the center of the event.

[Illuminations 121]

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