The Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka Essay
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"The Metamorphosis" By Franz Kafka
Throughout literary history, certain authors are so unique and fresh in their approach to the written word that they come to embody a genre. Franz Kafka is one such author; “Die Verwandlung” or “The Metamorphosis” is one of his works that helped coin the term “Kafkaesque.” Through this novella, Kafka addresses the timeless theme of people exploit-ing others as a means to an end. He demonstrates this point through showing that a family’s unhealthy dependence on the main character results in that character’s dependence on the family.
Kafka’s unorthodox beginning of “The Metamorphosis” reads as what would seem to be a climactic moment: “As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he…show more content…
However, as the story progresses this compassion seems to become, or may have always been, obligation. His mother had a waning rather reminiscent sympathy for her son, but she never seemed to reconcile that the creature in the bedroom was the son she had loved. She certainly could not deal with his appearance having fainted at the sight of him (p. 876). As for Gregor’s father, he had begun to re-assume responsibility for the family’s welfare, which as it turned out, had never been as poor as Gregor had been lead to believe. For Gregor himself, the adjustment was a mix of discovery and disquiet. Adjusting to his body, “He especially enjoyed hanging suspended from the ceiling” (p. 873). However, the reader also learns that Gregor’s health is on the decline as “he was fast losing any interest he had ever taken in food” (p. 873). It seemed for a while that the family had established a bit of a détente, but it was not to would last. The end of the second chapter saw Gregor’s father gravely wound the insect with an apple thrown into and embedded into the creature’s back. It was this wound that eventually became infected and was likely the death of the creature.
In the third and final chapter, the family found the new drudgery of their lives. Their “overworked and tired-out family” (p. 880) increasingly neglected Gregor. He longed for responsibility and was “often haunted by the idea that next time the door opened he would take the
2018/03/14 - 11:46
(SP:) An Essay On 'The Metamorphosis'
by Liliana Jimenez
In the metamorphosis by Frank Kafka, there are significants actions and transformations which make the story sad, and strange with a happy ending. Explanations that are dramatic events that intensify the excitement of all these actions. Reality and refection play and important role in this story because the events that happened could be applied and assimilated with modern society.
The story is very sad and realistic, some of the things that are related in Kafka's story can be found in modern families today. Gregor was a man who sacrifies himself working to pay his father's debts, instead off on his own where he could prospered. Gregor never was recognized by his family of all the efforts that he did, he was taken for granted and he was expected to support the family but never considering what his needs and wants might be. When Gregor became a bug, that was the moment when they started to see how important Gregor was financially. As a result his mother, father and sister had to work together, in order support themselves. This could be applied in the real world when people do not really recognize anyone's values or good actions. Sometimes when it is too late is that people start to appreciate, but in Kafka's story Gregor never was appreciate by anyone.
In his transformations, Gregor was rejected by his family like a sick or invalid relative instead of working that much harder to make him well or accepted. They began to ignore him and hide him out of shame. This is exactly what happens in reality when sick people becomes really ill. At the beginning some people starts to feel sorry and they take care of these ill people. Later on, these people become a burden on them. This make the whole Gregor family be against him. Gregor's mother and sister used to clean the room at the beggining. But not at the end. They felt that cleaning out Gregor's room would make him feel happy, or might help him. But they really hurt him. It is painful for someone you loved if you took everything from them. It would make them feel isolated, unwanted and unloved.
Gregor had a crappy, thankless job, and even though it was difficult, he was despised and scrutinized by his coworkers, making the job that much more unpleasant. Gregor was such an isolated and poor person that he cut the picture of the lady with the fur or a magazine to hang on the wall, to remind him of better things. Gregor's metamorphosis into a cockroach is strange but at the same time is reasonable, because insects as beetle, but or cockroaches are associated with old dirty houses, and trash. If Gregor would have been a cat or a dog, his parents would not considered him so disgusting and they would not have rejected him. But in this case, Gregor is a bug and his parents really thought that a giant cockroach is something that must be hidden. This kind of things happens everyday. not the strange thing as transformation into a bug, but the fact that people are not what they seem to be like people who dress or act in certain way. A lot of people are misunderstood and are judged the wrong way.
In spite of all this suffering that Gregor Samsa could not communicate with his family neither to have a normal life, he started to get used to his new enviromnent and his new body. he got used to his food, his living under the couch, climbing in the ceilings, and in certain way he enjoyed those things. In the real world this is the same with a lot people for instance, when a person starts to begin a new life in a different country, like or not, people must get used to new thins, food and lifestyle for their own benefits and try to enjoy as Gregor did.
At the end of the Kafka's story, Gregor Samsa dies and with him dies the huge insect too. But with the end of this transformation starts a new happy one. For instance, Gregor family feels a big sense of relief like if their burden has been lifted off them, and they can start a new life. Grete in the end of the story is a young woman who is willing to strat her career as a musician. All of them are happy, including Gregor himself who stops all this sufferings and rejections from his family.
Samsa could be viewed in modern society as someone who hated his job and everyone around him, but he did not think that the human society was very human at all. Society is a very selfish place, filled with self-centered people, this is how Gregor came to be an insect to his family; Gregor was a big machine and he came to be recognized when neccesity came to the house. This story is very realistic and sad at the same time. It should be applied in society to learn how to recognize when people are worth and appreciate them for what they really are.
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