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Analysis of Franz Kafka's The Judgement - Franz Kafka's The Judgement depicts the struggle of father-son relationships. This modernistic story explores Georg Bendemann's many torments, which result from the bonds with both his father and himself. Furthermore, the ever-present and lifelong battle that Georg has been fighting with his father leads him to fight an even greater battle with himself. Ultimately, Georg loses the struggle with himself by letting go of his newly found independence and instead, letting external forces decide his fatal outcome....   [tags: The Judgement by Franz Kafka]
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Modernity in The Metamorphosis and The Judgement by Franz Kafka - ... However, this decrepit description of Mr. Samsa particularly juxtaposes with the use of language that illustrates his overtly aggressive assertion of power in order to govern and dominate the transformed Gregor. In order to return to his paternal role of authority, he progressively becomes more threatening 'clenching a fist as if to force Gregory back into his room' and 'hissing like a madman'. Similarly within The Judgement there is an obvious inversion of family structure as George identifies his father as an infant who needs care and solicitude....   [tags: cosmopolitan, sickness, industial, civilization] 1002 words
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Franz Kafka's Judgement - Franz Kafka's Judgement This short story of Franz Kafka is really a challenging one to interpret but apparently there are some contextual clues that enables us to draw some logical conclusions out of the story. Firstly, we should handle this story in terms of human relationships; there are 3 kind of relationships represented in the story. The first is the relationship between George (the main character of the story) and his friend in Russia; the second is George's relationship with his fiancée and the third is his relationship with his father....   [tags: Kafka Judgement Essays] 1146 words
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The Law in Kafka's Trial - The Law in Kafka's Trial   The Law in Kafka's novel The Trial houses a fundamental but fleeting metaphysical metaphor. It is virtually unassailable, hidden, and always just beyond the grasp of human understanding. The Law seeks to impose an unknowable order and assimilate any individual notion of existence. It defines two distinct modes of existence through accusation: those who stand accused by the Law and those who are empowered by the Law to pass judgement upon those accused. From the very moment of his arrest, Joseph K....   [tags: Kafka Trial Essays]
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Franz Kafka's Use of Humor - Franz Kafka's Use of Humor Franz Kafka, born on July 3, 1883 in Bohemia, in the city of Prague, has been recognized as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. His works have been called "cloudy, mysterious, inexplicable" (Oates ix). Most people hear the term Kafkan or Kafkaesque and think of dark, fantastic tales with almost no basis in our known reality. But what of Kafka's sense of humor. I personally laughed out loud several times while reading Kafka's Amerika. Were these snippets of humor part of Kafka's plan or mere accidents....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Comparing Terror in Franz Kafka's The Trial and The Man Who Disappeared - Nature of Terror in Franz Kafka's The Trial and The Man Who Disappeared "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself" (Roosevelt 93). In Franz Kafka's The Trial and The Man Who Disappeared (Amerika), the nature of terror is exposed to the fullest extent. The main characters in both works, Josef K. and Karl Rossmann are both used as pawns in the chess game also known as society. The dramatic impact from the major turn of events would create a tremendous change in both characters. Josef K., who was arrested for no apparent reason would have his life totally dominated by the judicial system....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 1214 words
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Franz Kafka's Novella, The Metamorphosis - One of the saddest aspects of Franz Kafka's novella, The Metamorphosis, concerns the fact that young Gregor Samsa genuinely cares about this family, working hard to support them, even though they do little for themselves. On the surface, Kafka's 1916 novella, seems to be just a tale of Gregor morphing into a cockroach, but, a closer reading with Marx and Engels economic theories in mind, reveals an imposing metaphor that gives the improbable story a great deal of relevance to the structure of Marxist society....   [tags: Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis] 1197 words
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Kafka and his Portrayal of Characters - Kafka’s Portrayal of Characters Franz Kafka, born on July 3, 1883 in Bohemia, in the city of Prague, has been recognized as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. Virtually unknown during his lifetime, the works of Kafka have since been recognized as symbolizing modern man's distress and distorted alienation in an unintelligible, hostile, or indifferent world. None of Kafka’s novels were printed during his lifetime, and it was only with reluctance that he published a fraction of his shorter fiction....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Standards in Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis - In Franz Kafka’s story The Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa falls victim, to some strange affliction which somehow turns him into a colossal insect of some sort. His bizarre and tragic story takes place in a European apartment in the early twentieth century; a time in which much stock was placed in both etiquette and the appearance of propriety. These standards found throughout the society in which he is placed leads to his ultimate downfall. When Gregor wakes up in his bed to find he has become an insect Gregor is only slightly concerned at his predicament....   [tags: Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis] 792 words
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Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis - The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka is a classic piece of literature. This masterpiece of stunning psychological, sociological and existential angst has blessed the minds of readers since it was written in 1912. It is the story of Gregor Samsa, a hardworking man trying to pay off the debt of his family, but transforms into a vermin, (bug). There are many parallels of Kafka’s life to Gregor’s in Metamorphosis. Both Kafka and Gregor were in family and social discord, and a bureaucracy of a work world....   [tags: Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis]
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Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis - In this paper I will interpret the short story, The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka. My purpose is to explain to my classmates the short story’s goal what Kafka wanted to transmit to people. I want to expand more why this short story is considered one of the best poetic imagination works. In my research I expect to use Kafka’s work, The Metamorphosis as my primary source. Important other sources include essay critiques from different editors, which will help us to understand much more what Franz wanted to express....   [tags: Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis]
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The Deprived Gregor Samsa in Metamophosis by Franz Kafka - In The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka manifests naïveté of Gregor Samsa by prolonging his realization of societal banishment due to underexposure. Revelations made by Samsa later prove his ignorance of his purpose in the eyes of his family. In addition to the many instances in which Gregor is trialed, Kafka’s continuous stream of distractions mimic Gregor’s persona. In sequence, the story progresses into an ultimate partial realization of Gregor’s predicament and its origins. Gregor Samsa’s obliviousness to his daily experiences, in essence, produce his present plight by allowing himself to fall farther from reality....   [tags: Franz Kafka]
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The Unloving Society in The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - In The Metamorphosis, through the characterization of Gregor Samsa, Franz Kafka can question the existence of unconditional love. Throughout the post-modernist era, writers argued against society’s ideas and customs, and Kafka decided to narrow it down to focus on was the lack of love among people in this time. Kafka begins by making his argument evident through a through description of Gregor’s room, which is depicted as an isolated area in the house for Gregor. He later on goes to describe Gregor’s personality as one who is dedicated to his family and gives little time to himself and his own social life....   [tags: Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis]
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Changing Familial Structure in Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis - In Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, change is rampant throughout the novel. The social, emotional and physical changes affect all the characters. After his transformation, Gregor’s attitude towards his family shifts from adoration and sacrifice to the acknowledgement that his family no longer cares for him. The Samsa’s blatant dislike of Gregor’s new physical condition is met with feelings of guilt and a need to be loved. He becomes a creature of great disappointment and sullenness, not helped by his parents’ obvious resentment towards him....   [tags: Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis]
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Gregor Samsa's Metamorphosis in The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - People want their family to love and support them during times of need, but if they are unable to develop this bond with their family members, they tend to feel alone and depressed. In the novel The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, Kafka describes the theme of alienation and its negative effect on people and their relationships with the people around them. This theme can be shown through Gregor Samsa, the main character in The Metamorphosis. After Gregor’s metamorphosis, or transformation, he is turned from a human being into a giant bug which makes him more and more distant from the people in his life....   [tags: Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis]
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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka: The Necessity of Communication and Support - In The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka, Gregor’s evolution to an insect symbolizes the loss of thorough communication, representing the disconnection of the individual from his family and his surroundings. Through this metamorphosis, the once loving family begins to remove itself from any past interactions with Gregor. In addition, the setting and surroundings of Gregor completely overcome him and persuade him to lose hope. The family and surroundings, not the change to an insect, lead Gregor towards death....   [tags: Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis]
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Gregor Samsa Symbolizes Change in Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - Transformation in the world happens when people are healed and start investing in other people- Michael W. Smith. Change plays a key role in one’s life. Change is what makes one’s life different from usual; change is needed in everyone’s life in order to maintain the fluency of life. The character Gregor Samsa’s in the book “Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka symbolizes change, in which he gets transformed into a large insect. Change literally means to make or do something in a different manner to get a new result....   [tags: Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis] 518 words
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The Castle By Franz Kafka - To live is not just to exist. For one to exist one must live, explore, and learn about life’s ways. For some existence may be a hard thing to achieve in life. The Castle, by Franz Kafka depicts the meaning of life and existence, showing that human nature can make one’s life a difficult journey. In the novel, Kafka shows that life is never the way it seems and will always have loose ends.      Such a journey life is, especially for K. wondering around looking for a place to which he belonged, somewhere to call home....   [tags: Franz Kafka] 634 words
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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - In The Metamorphosis, Kafka establishes, through his religious imagery and gospel-esque episodic narration, the character of Gregor Samsa simultaneously as a kind of inverse Messianic figure and a god-like artist, relating the two and thus turning the conventional concept of the literary hero on its ear. The structure of the novel reflects that of the Gospel of Mark in that it is narrated in individual events, and in this it is something of a Künstlerroman - that is, the real metamorphosis is over the course of the novel, rather than just at the beginning, and that change is a heightened sensitivity to the world in an artistic sense....   [tags: Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis] 1674 words
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The Trial by Franz Kafka as an Autobiography - The Trial by Franz Kafka as an Autobiography      Franz Kafka was a very intelligent writer of his times. Kafka was born in Austro-Czechoslovakia. He was mainly a writer of short stories, and complex diaries, yet he did publish a small number of novels. The works of Kafka have been interpreted as allegorical, autobiographical, psychoanalytical, Marxist, religious, existentialist, expressional, and naturalist. His novels have a wide variety of interpretations. Of his novels, The Trial is one of the more complex in aspects of literature (Bryfonski and Hall 288)....   [tags: Trial Franz Kafka Essays]
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Analysis of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis is so strikingly absurd that it has engendered countless essays dissecting every possible rational and irrational aspect of the book. One such essay is entitled "Kafka's Obscurity" by Ralph Freedman in which he delves down into the pages of The Metamorphosis and ferrets out the esoteric aspects of Kafka's writing. Freedman postulates that Gregor Samsa progresses through several transformations: a transformation of spatial relations, a transformation of time, and a transformation of self consciousness, with his conscious mutation having an antithetical effect on the family opposite to that of Gregor....   [tags: Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis] 1748 words
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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka      I have chosen The Metamorphosis as my subject for this paper; I will take a close look at how the death of Gregor Samsa opens the doors to understanding the story. I will give examples of irony through Gregor’s metamorphosis and how this irony brings together the conclusion of the story. Through his death we see the truth behind his parents, which in it’s self is ironic. It is difficult to pinpoint one specific thing to write about in the story; there are just so many things that can be brought to light....   [tags: Metamorphosis Franz Kafka Essays] 1116 words
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Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis The play metamorphosis was written by Franz Kafka but Steven Berkoff produced a theatre adaptation of Metamorphosis in the late 1960’s. Kafka was born 1883, his childhood was most troubling and life hard, as he was a Jew growing up in German culture, also being ignored and alienated is why Kafka could relate to the character Gregor. Kafka had a hard relationship with his Father who would mistreat him and often tell Kafka he was a failure and a disappointment, which came through on to the character of Gregor’s Father, another reason for Kafka to relate to Gregor....   [tags: Franz Kafka Metamorphosis] 792 words
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Franz Kafka's Metamorphisis - Gregor Samsa awakes one morning to discover that he has been transformed into a repugnant vermin. One may never know what initiated this makeover, but the simple truth is that Gregor is now a bug, and everyone must learn to live and move on in this strenuous situation. In Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, the characters that interact with Gregor, including his mother, his father, and his sister Grete, must come to terms with his unfortunate metamorphosis, and each does so by reacting in a unique way....   [tags: Franz Kafka Metamorphosis] 958 words
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The Role Guilt Plays in Franz Kafka's The Trial - What is guilt. Is Josef K. guilty. What is he guilty of. All of these questions come to mind when you read The Trial by Franz Kafka, but they are not easily answered. The question of guilt is a theme that runs through the entire novel, and it serves to enlighten the reader as to what, I believe, Kafka is trying to say. So what is Kafka trying to say. If one looks at the opening sentence, in the light of the rest of the novel, I believe that it helps to clue us into Kafka's message. The fact that K....   [tags: European Literature Franz Kafka]
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Gregor's Obsession with Money Exposed in Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis - Gregor's Obsession with Money Exposed in Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis In his story The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka gives us the story of Gregor Samsa, a young man who wakes up one morning to find himself transformed into an insect-like creature. Gregor, however, remains strangely indifferent to his plight, in a manner that seems inhuman to most readers. This is not due to a lack of omniscience on the narrator's part that causes the indifference to go unmentioned, and neither is it due to inobservance on the part of Gregor to the point of not noticing that he has been changed into an insect....   [tags: Franz Kafka Metamorphosis] 844 words
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Analysis of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis - ‘When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin’. Kafka begins his most famous work of literature with a peculiar yet effective first sentence. The statement is simple in nature but its meaning is much bolder and as a result Kafka is able to grab his readers’ attention. The reader has to contemplate what this could mean and consequently ask ‘why’ such an incident took place. Kafka is very effective in engaging his audience into his text and therefore readers go on to find out more about the peculiar man who turned into a ‘monstrous vermin’....   [tags: Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis] 1050 words
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Profound Narrative Point of View in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s "The Great Gatsby" and Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” - In the popular literary works of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Franz Kafka’s novella “The Metamorphosis,” we are given examples of the importance of a profound narrative point of view in creating an integral depth to the author’s story and enchanting its characters. Through key placement of well-rounded characters, both works of art succeed in creating a perfect narrative point of view which illuminates their stories in emotionally moving ways. The Great Gatsby’s Nick Carraway, plays the role of a secondary character in most of the novel....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Great Gatsby, Franz Kafka, Me] 1173 words
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Metamorphosis: Whom Does Kafka Want the Reader to Sympathize With? - The story, Metamorphosis, is an unusual story to say the least. The very first sentence one meets the main character, Gregor Samsa. This sentence really shows how different this story is when compared to other books in this class. Throughout the story the author, Franz Kafka, wants the reader to sympathize with Gregor. ‘When Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from troubled dreams, he found himself changed into a monstrous cockroach in his bed’ (87), is the first sentence, and already the author wants the reader to feel sympathy for Gregor....   [tags: Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis] 1393 words
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The Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka - "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....   [tags: Metamorphosis Kafka Essays] 1018 words
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Existentialism in Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis - Existentialism in Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis In Franz Kafka’s short story, Metamorphosis, the idea of existentialism is brought out in a subtle, yet definite way. Existentialism is defined as a belief in which an individual is ultimately in charge of placing meaning into their life, and that life alone is meaningless. They do not believe in any sort of ultimate power and focus much of their attention on concepts such as dread, boredom, freedom and nothingness. This philosophical literary movement emerged in the twentieth-century, when Kafka was establishing his writing style in regards to alienation and distorted anxiety....   [tags: Kafka Literature existentialism] 1489 words
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Analysis of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis - "Metamorphosis": The story of a traveling salesman who, shortly after returning home, awakens one day to discover that he has literally changed into a gargantuan insect incapable of communication. Upon the initial scanning of this story a reader might think this is the plain and simple case, but on further examination will find that this is not what the story is about at all. Although focusing on and told from Gregor's point of view and what is happening to him, don't be fooled though, this is actually a story about Grete....   [tags: Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis] 1025 words
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The Metamorphosis by Kafka - Many views of existentialism are exposed in Kafka's Metamorphosis. One of these main views is alienation or estrangement which is demonstrated by Gregor's relationship with his family, his social life, and the way he lives his life after the metamorphosis. Namely, it suggests that man is reduced to an insect by the modern world and his family; human nature is completely self absorbed. Kafka reflects a belief that the more generous and selfless one is, the worse one is treated. This view is in direct conflict with the way things should be; man, specifically Gregor should be treated in accordance to his actions....   [tags: Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis] 1497 words
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The Metamorphosis as a Depiction of Franz Kafka's Life - The Metamorphosis as a Depiction of Franz Kafka's Life The Metamorphosis is said to be one of Franz Kafka's best works of literature. It shows the difficulties of living in a modern society and the struggle for acceptance of others when in a time of need. In this novel Kafka directly reflects upon many of the negative aspects of his personal life, both mentally and physically. The relationship between Gregor and his father is in many ways similar to Franz and his father Herrman. The Metamorphosis also shows resemblance to some of Kafka's diary entries that depict him imagining his own extinction by dozens of elaborated methods....   [tags: Kafka Metamorphosis Essays] 1200 words
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Mental Isolation in Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis - Mental Isolation in Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis The metamorphosis very possibly was written by Kafka as an outlet for his feelings of isolation and helplessness. In it, the protagonist, Gregor Samsa, awakens one morning to find himself spontaneously "transformed in his bed into a monstrous vermin." The story continues from there in a most realistic fashion: his family rejects him, and he stays cooped up in his room until he dies. Although interpretations of the story differ, my opinion is that Kafka wrote this story as a protestation, whether consciously or unconsciously, of his own inner needs not being met....   [tags: Kafka Metamorphosis Essays] 1424 words
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The Wisdom of Franz Kafka’s On Parables - The Wisdom of Franz Kafka’s On Parables Is it even possible to gain a better life through knowledge and wisdom. Should we listen to the words of the wise. Franz Kafka tries to answer these questions in his short essay ``On Parables,' with a resounding ``No!' In this Kafkan world, one filled with the daily struggles and cares of life, the only thing we can know is the incomprehensibility of it all. He states that all wisdom is expressed in parables then destroys any hope we may have by trouncing the authenticity of parables....   [tags: Kafka On Parables Essays] 2120 words
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Marxist Perspective on Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis - Marxist Perspective on Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis On the surface, Franz Kafka's 1916 novella, The Metamorphosis, seems to be just a tale of a man who woke up one morning to find himself transformed into an insect. But, a closer reading with Marx and Engel's economic theories in mind reveals an overarching metaphor that gives the improbable story a great deal of relevance to the structure of society. Gregor Samsa, the protagonist, signifies the proletariat, or the working class, and his unnamed manager represents the bourgeoisie....   [tags: Metamorphosis essays Kafka Marx]
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A Portrait of Franz Kafka's Life in his Fictional Story, Metamorphosis - A Portrait of Franz Kafka's Life in his Fictional Story, Metamorphosis Franz Kafka seems to have had a tough time growing up with his father, who was apparently a domineering, unapproachable man. A few years before Franz's untimely death, he wrote a long letter to his father in an attempt to address many of the lingering issues which had plagued their relationship. He may have tried through his fictional writing to reach his father prior to the letter, using a kind of "metaphor code." Franz Kafka became other characters representing himself in his fiction....   [tags: Kafka Metamorphosis Essays]
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Justice and Mercy in The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - ... This shows the compassion and devotion that he has towards his family, but they never seem to recognize this just like when he returns home from work and his father is sitting in the living room reading the newspaper rather than trying to work. His family is not as kind and caring as they seem at first. in fact, they completely lose their capacity for justice and mercy. When Gregor wakes up one morning and learns that he has metamorphosed and Gregor has been turned into a vermin, Gregor is surprised but he does not freak out very much about it and he comes to accept, as he must, the irreversibility of his new condition and pretends as though it is a regular day and tries to get up for wo...   [tags: monster, transformation, gregor] 898 words
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The Father Who Changed a Writer's Life - ... At that moment an almost unending stream of traffic was going over the bridge.” (“The Judgment” 15), much like how Kafka always thought of dying, writing in his diary, "I would stand at the window for long periods, and was frequently tempted to amaze the toll collector on the bridge below by my plunge." (“Franz Kafka Biography”). Other parallels Kafka’s story shares are similiar situations he would find himself in with his father. One of these parallels is seen in both books, “The Judgment” and “Letter to my Father”....   [tags: Franz Kafka]
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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - ... Through Gregor, Kafka demonstrates the dehumanization of individuals, Gregor works at a job that consumes his thoughts and passions. He illustrates how humans toil ceaselessly and give themselves up to boring routines that don’t bring any meaning to the individual’s life. Gregor flashback’s to a time before his metamorphosis, when he worked with a “special intensity” (Kafka 43) in order to provide for the family, all the while ignoring his own needs. Kafka knows the effect that doing something that one does not enjoy can have on every aspect of that person’s life....   [tags: story analysis, novella] 1030 words
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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - The Metamorphosis is a short novel that was published in 1915 even though it was written in 1912. The novel is considered by many people a literary piece of art and Kafka best work. The novel is one of a few pieces of works that were finished by Franz Kafka. He had many pieces of literature published against his wishes after he died. The novel also has had several different things people find different about a normal novel. The first thing that was different was the translation from Middle German to English a lot of things did not translate correctly....   [tags: insect, biography, transformation]
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Franz Kafka's Life and Work - Franz Kafka's Life and Work No person that leads a normal life is likely to write a metaphorical yet literal story about a man transforming into a bug. That being said, no person that leads a normal life is likely to alter a genre as much as Franz Kafka did. With the unusual combination of declining physical health and a resurgence of spiritual ideas, Franz Kafka, actively yearning for life, allowed his mind to travel to the places that his body could not take him. In his recurring themes of guilt, pain, obscurity, and lucidity, are direct connections to his childhood and daily life....   [tags: Author Biography, Metamorphosis]
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The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka - How individuals think about their identity and how they respond to others is a person’s self-concept. Various factors in an individual’s life can have a negative or positive affect on their self-concept. Focusing on negative self-concept, we can see reoccurring variables in their social environment that can trigger depressive symptoms. Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, begins when Gregor has awakened from his disturbed dream as a dung beetle. Gregor, the main character and Kafka himself, experienced insecure behavior, alienation and depression in their relationships....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Negative Self-Concept]
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Confronting Guilt In Franz Kafka’s The Trial - In Franz Kafka’s The Trial, Josef K. is guilty; his crime is that he does not accept his own humanity. This crime is not obvious throughout the novel, but rather becomes gradually and implicitly apparent to the reader. Again and again, despite his own doubts and various shortcomings, K. denies his guilt, which is, in essence, to deny his very humanity. It is for this crime that the Law seeks him, for if he would only accept the guilt inherent in being human (and, by so doing, his humanity itself), both he and the Law could move on....   [tags: Kafka Trial Analysis ] 1287 words
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Examining The Metamorphosis From a Marxist Perspective - One of the saddest aspects of Franz Kafka's novella, The Metamorphosis, concerns the fact that young Gregor Samsa genuinely cares about this family, working hard to support them, even though they do little for themselves. On the surface, Kafka's 1916 novella, seems to be just a tale of Gregor morphing into a cockroach, but a closer reading with Marx and Engels' economic theories , unveils an impressive metaphor that gives the improbable story a great deal of relevance to the structure of Marxist society....   [tags: Franz Kafka] 1201 words
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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - In The Metamorphosis, a work originally written in German by Franz Kafka, Gregor Samsa, a salesman, undergoes a transformation into a repulsive creature. The transformation occurs before the actual events of the short story and the story focuses on the result of that transformation and how it affects both Gregor and those around him. Gregor represents Kafka, and throughout the story, Kafka uses Gregor to express his feelings and personal events in his life. Kafka expresses these aspects of his life through various details such as Gregor’s appearance, Gregor’s volatile relationship with his father, and Gregor’s inability to communicate with those around him....   [tags: transformation, creature, gregor]
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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis is a short story written during the nineteenth century that took place during the Modernist Era. The novella was not meant to be published because Franz Kafka specifically told his close friend that he wants his work to be burned. When Kafka suffered from tuberculosis and passed away, his close friend, Max Brod reviewed his work. He thought Kafka's work was brilliant and decided to published his work. Gregor Samsa’s transformation into a vermin has shown the lost of humanity in which it will show the similarity between the main character and the narrator as well as the impact Gregor Samsa’s loved ones have on him....   [tags: modernist era, gregor, deconstruction]
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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - ... Gregor Samsa is a normal hard working traveling sales man until “he found himself changed” (1). He undergoes a metamorphosis and becomes a “monstrous vermin” (1). Already we can see the diction of the author and how this exemplifies how the father feels about Gregor. He is no longer considered a person in regards to the eyes of his family. Like the vermin that he is considered, his family wishes to rid of him. Vermin serve no purpose in providing for a family. Gregor’s metamorphosis not only affects himself but his entire family....   [tags: story analysis] 1068 words
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The Metamorphosis Written by Franz Kafka - The American Heritage Dictionary defines metamorphosis as ‘a marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.’ This definition helps build a strong foundation for discussing the Marxist theories observed in Franz Kafka’s novella, “The Metamorphosis”. The main idea developed from Marxism is that money is power. This is first sensed through the idea that the main character, Gregor Samsa, is a hard-working travelling salesman who has never missed a day of work in his life. It is stated that Gregor is working to get “the money together to pay off my parent’s debt [to him].” (Kafka 4) Since Gregor is perceived as a consistently hard worker, he is an example of the Proletariat cla...   [tags: transformation, monster, giant bug]
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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - ... Kafka makes one think about why it is that he has turned into a vermin, but without it ever being said. There is no reason or meaning behind the concept of why he has been turned into this creature. But as the text is read one can’t help but feel like this is a real life situation that has taken place or even in Kafka’s own life. Kafka’s details of what Gregor encounter’s sounds so real and kind of makes you feel bad, because Gregor’s character endures so much suffering and the fact that he dies at his father’s hands is even worse....   [tags: modernist movement literature] 928 words
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“Analysis of Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - ... He may be part of the family, but ever since his transformation, he was segregated from the rest of them and nobody had the desire to interact with him. Another major irony used by Kafka was that Samsa, while he was human, financially supported his family through his work as a traveling salesman, a job Samsa never particularly liked. Ever since his father’s business collapsed, the motivation that he (the father) once possessed was lost and essentially gave up working, forcing his son Gregor Samsa to provide for his family and to pay off his father’s debts....   [tags: grete, samsa, gregor] 928 words
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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - ... This story is thus there to remind every human being to accept their inner vermin, Kafka thus is of the view that the survival of any human being depends on this fact. The story of the Metamorphosis has more to it than just about a dark disturbing story of a man who turns into a monstrous vermin. It is a tale that represents the story of a young man who is the sole earner in his family. But one fateful day, he all of a sudden is burdened by a disease of turning into a monstrous vermin. It even deals with the reactions of his family members after they come face to face with this reality and thus at the end the death of Gregor which thus tends to bring a sense of peace to his family....   [tags: story and theme analysis] 1580 words
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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - ... Anyway, who knows if that wouldn't be a very good thing for me. If I don't hold back for my parents sake, I would have quit long ago.” (Kafka 1,5). When he says “That” Gregor speaks of waking up late like other travel salesman. He wishes he could just walk away from the job if it weren't for the fact his family needed him just for financial reasons. Next, another example of how Gregor wants isolation from his family is when he realizes they just don't look at him the same anymore because of his new form....   [tags: transformation, story and character analysis]
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Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - ... Kafka knows the dangers of not living to bring meaning into one’s life and uses Gregor to illustrate this to the audience. Without meaning in life there is no reason to live because life alone is meaningless. A picture on Gregor’s wall causes him to remember the days before he had to drop everything he enjoyed in order to take care of his family. The picture is a picture of him as a “lieutenant ……smiling and worry free….demand[ing] respect for his bearing and uniform” (Kafka 24). Through the use of imagery Franz Kafka illustrates a time where Gregor had a job that he actually enjoyed....   [tags: story and character analysis]
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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - “From the moment that men in anyway work for one another, their labor assumes a social form” (Marx 270). On the surface, Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis appears to be a simple story of the experiences of the protagonist, Gregor Samsa, following his transformation into a “vermin.” However, a closer reading of the 1915 novella reveals its support of the ideals of Karl Marx’s theories about economics and its role in society. In a world in which monetary assets are prioritized over the human experience, workers are exploited to provide for others, creating a struggle between the upper and lower classes....   [tags: dehumanization of workers, exploitation]
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Franz Kafka and Ismail Kadare - Franz Kafka and Ismail Kadare were two of the most extravagant storytellers of modern times. Franz Kafka wrote the short story, The Metamorphosis and Ismail Kadare wrote the novel, Broken April. In these two stories, there is a sense of sadness and darkness that both author’s portrayed in them. The characterization between Gregor (from The Metamorphosis) and Gjorg (from Broken April) were actually similar in comparison. The similarities are isolation, loneliness, and their father figures. Nevertheless, both stories are magnificent to read during spare time....   [tags: Comparisons, Storytelling, Characterizations] 877 words
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The Trial by Franz Kafka - ... Yet the officials easily pull right back because they are the ones who have the true power. This power struggle continues throughout the story although near the end Joseph K does eventually succumb to the power and accepts his fate in chapter nine. In the very last chapter, K is presented with yet another power struggle. Two men who showed up at his residence unexpectedly take him away. K acts as if he was expecting them and says, “You’ve come for me then, have you?” (Kafka, 265). The men walk with him a ways, until K refused to continue on....   [tags: law of morality, Joseph K]
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Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - ... From the minute we meet Gregor father we are aware of the short temper he has. He "came on, hissing like a wild man" when Gregor initially left his room in his new state as a bug. Gregor’s father chased after him with a cane and newspaper making a hissing noise that annoyed Gregor. Kafka was subjected to abuse and consistent yelling from his father on the grounds that he was a disappointment in his eyes. At the point when his father sees what has happened to Gregor he is instantly offended, either out of disarray or frustration because his father was resigned and his sister was still young and not working....   [tags: conflicts, gregor, fixation] 727 words
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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - Everyone goes through stressors in life, the effect of stress doesn’t always have the same effects on a person and every person has their own ways of dealing with stress. People who hold their stress to the point of where their is pressure and tension in their lives. This build up of stressors can cause a person to transform to something different than what they once were. My stressors has never gotten to the point of changing the person I am but it has made me change and grow as a person. As for Gregor Samsa of The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, his stressors did transformed him to become a creature that is lower than himself....   [tags: novel analysis, gregor samsa] 665 words
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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - ... He could not aide his family as an insect and afflicts himself with guilt when they mention their financial problems or jobs they have to take on. A constant pressure always resided on Gregor to take care of both his family and job, and with too many people dictating his life, he became an insect, occupying himself meaninglessly. By the end, Gregor has entirely lost his purpose for living. He describes his uselessness at one point, stating he “…was now shut off from his mother, who was perhaps near death, thanks to him….he had nothing to do but wait, and overwhelmed with self-reproach and worry he began creep and crawl…,” (34)....   [tags: insect, gregor, working class] 581 words
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Franz Kafka's The Trial - ... It starts out small because people don’t know what is going on or what the performance may be, but it slowly grows to become a bigger audience as the curiosity of the situation gets the best of them. As the idea of an audience appears and you begin to focus on that theme, it is not long before more references to theatre begin to stand out. For instance, as the situation of Josef K and his confusion with his arrest start to unfold, he takes the whole situation as a joke saying, “Who do you think you are....   [tags: book analysis]
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Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis - ... Unlike a normal well-adjusted family who would attempt to discover an explanation of the events they had just witnessed and offer aid, the Samsa family chooses to ignore the event and acts as if nothing has happened. Gregor’s sister, Grete, shows concern for her brother by providing him food the next day- his favorite drink, sweet milk mixed with pieces of bread. When Grete discovers that he didn’t eat, she makes another effort to find something that Gregor would enjoy. The simple action of providing food to him, despite not understanding the strange event shows concern for her brother’s well-being....   [tags: story and character analysis] 624 words
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Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis - ... Locking up his room in his own house suggests that he feels his home to be just as unhomely as a hotel. Norman Hollan states “Gregor’s repulsive appearance means he has to remain in his room, a prisoner, completely isolated.” This is true because he is not willing to leave his room because of what he is and so is basically a prisoner within his own home. Goldfarb also states “Gregor’s transformation is not an escape from his past loneliness but an intensification of it.” Gregor’s whole life has been basically devoted to paying off family debt, worrying about wasting an hour of his employer’s time and spending very little time developing his life....   [tags: character and story analysis] 1103 words
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Franz Kafka's The Trial - ... Gleefully, Josef proclaims he is nothing of the kind, but the chief financial officer of a bank, and proceeds to make a lengthy speech about how badly the entire trial was being run, how incompetent the legal system is, and how absurd the entire ordeal is because he is mostly certainly not guilty. Somewhat ironically, at no point does he ask the judge what he's been accused of, so certain is he of his complete innocence in all matters. Once Josef's speech ends, the judge makes a rather interesting response, saying, "I just want to draw your attention to the fact...that you have today deprived yourself - although you can't yet have realized it - of the advantage that an interrogation off...   [tags: joseph, accusation, book analysis]
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Kafka’s The Metamorphosis - Kafka’s The Metamorphosis In Franz Kafka’s novella, The Metamorphosis, the travelling salesman Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning, in his family’s home, to find “himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin” (Kafka 3). While this immediate physical change, supported by ensuing physical imagery, suggests that the “metamorphosis” introduced in the title is purely physical, other interpretations are also possible. When the reader relies upon the extended and embedded metaphors present in this text, he or she may construe Gregor Samsa’s transformation as an emotional, mental, or internal change....   [tags: Franz Kafka The Metamorphosis Essays] 1281 words
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Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis - In Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa is portrayed as a regular person. Someone who hates their job but recognizes that his work is necessary because it supports his family. Before Gregor transformed to a dung beetle it seemed that his family cared of him. Due to the main characters transforming to a bug everyone in his family start to dislike him. The Metamorphosis focuses on change, how the change of a character along the story affects the main character Gregor Samsa. During Gregor’s transformation his family get worried....   [tags: change between siblings] 599 words
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Isolation and Feelings in Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - ... Kafka’s father was able to rise out of his low place in order to start his own business while Samsa’s father sits around doing nothing and forcing Gregor to work in order to provide for the family (Introduction to Franz Kafka). From the start of The Metamorphosis until the end, Gregor’s father, Mr. Samsa treats Gregor with extreme harshness in the way he speaks to Gregor and the physical pain that he inflicts upon him. Even in the very first encounter with the newly transformed Gregor the father’s first reaction is unexpected....   [tags: gregor, mental state, horrible relationship] 1326 words
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Feminist Aspects in The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - Morphing Into a Feminist; Feminist aspects in Franz Kafka’s Story Although Franz Kafka’s reading are not known to be sexist, some of the characters in his book “The Metamorphosis” reflect the views of the time in 1917. The female characters of the book present the stereotypical view of women as weak caregivers whose only value to their family lies in their ability to marry wealthy men. There is evidence to prove these statements throughout, such as Gregor being the only means of income for his sister’s future, how he is the only one who works, and how he gets cast aside by his parents and sister when he cannot work....   [tags: gregor, grete, sexist] 517 words
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Isolation in Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka’s clear isolation of Gregor underlines the families’ separation from society. In The Metamorphosis, Kafka emphasizes Gregor’s seclusion from his family. However, Gregor’s separation is involuntary unlike the family who isolates themselves by the choices they make. Each family member has characteristics separating them from society. These characteristics become more unraveling than Gregor, displaying the true isolation contained in The Metamorphosis. Grete’s isolation from society stems from her passion and interest for her loved ones....   [tags: The Metamorphosis] 876 words
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Kafkaness: The Temporal Effect of Franz Kafka - ... The story continues in the present tense as the country doctor struggles with the decision of whether to save the patient or save Rosa. His inability to decide and sudden realization that he cannot fulfill either task, brings the story back to the past “Then I’m undressed…” (“Metamorphosis” 79). The story concludes in the present as the doctor is left to find his own way home, “naked, [and] and exposed to the frost…” (“Metamorphosis” 80). The setting of the story, a “glacial winter” (“Metamorphosis” 76), is a symbol for a suspension of time....   [tags: dream, disorder, doctor] 1351 words
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Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis - In Franz Kafka’s novella, The Metamorphosis, the main character, Gregor Samsa, turns in a “monstrous vermin” and becomes isolated from his family (Kafka 1). The reason for the transformation is unclear, but his strange predicament can be used as a microcosm to the early twentieth century. The dismal mood and setting, dehumanization and paranoia, and competition for power depicted throughout the novella suggest that the early twentieth century was dreary and routine. The uninviting mood and setting of the novella contribute to the connection to the dreary and routine of the twentieth century....   [tags: story and character analysis] 890 words
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Perception Changes in Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - ... Even though he disliked his job as a salesman, he readily accepts his new role as the money-earner in the family without hesitation. Similarly, as he wakes up to see himself in his new body, he quickly accepts that he has become a bug and tries to go about his life as best he can in his new condition. He still perceived himself as the main man of the family and ignores the fact that he has turned into a bug, believing that he is able work in these unnatural conditions. Gregor desperately attempts to get off his bed as he was late for his train , however due to his transformation, he remained stuck on his back....   [tags: protagonist, bug, form, family] 847 words
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Conflict in Franz Kafka´s The Metamorphosis - ... Grete's actions soon become routine, she is only doing what she can to claim that she has completed her goal of family duty. This eventually leads to conflict with Gregor and his sister because it makes Gregor suffer seeing his sister experience a disturbing site. This transformation makes him and his sister more distant, which contributes to the deeper meaning of isolation. Gregor felt only close to his sister, before and after his transformation, but now his sister is starting to resent him....   [tags: support, sister, father, mother] 545 words
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The Use of Allegory in The Metamorphosis by by Franz Kafka - “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka is an interesting and extremely allegorical tale. The story starts out by introducing the main character, Gregor Samasa, who is a traveling salesman. One morning Gregor awakens to find that his body has been transformed into something unusually horrifying, a large insect with many tiny legs. As Gregor struggles to get up and prepare himself for work he realizes that he is already late. As he looks around his bed room he thinks that’s he is just dreaming and attempts to go back to sleep....   [tags: transformation, alienated, imprisonment ]
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The Truth of Perception in The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - ... Although Gregor loathes his “grueling job”(3), he is bound down by his father’s failures which forces Gregor to work while creating “no relationships that last”(4) which makes Gregor feel like “a tool”(5) by both his father and his boss. Not only does Gregor feel alone and isolated because of his job, but his transformation has confined Gregor within his own body and he cannot express or communicate his emotions to his family or any human being. Gregor’s perception of himself as a bug is completely buried by his family because of his physical form....   [tags: vermin, separated, emotional, death] 1080 words
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Family Member Becomes a Bug in The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - How should someone’s family react to their kin becoming a large bug. Hate them, of course. In “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka, Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning and he was no longer a human, but as a “monstrous vermin” (Kafka, “The Metamorphosis 1156). His family reacted unsympathetic and as the short story progresses the hatred towards him grows, mostly from Gregor’s father. Franz Kafka, the writer, also had many father troubles in his life time. Gregor Samsa’s relationship with his father is fashioned after Franz Kafka’s personal life....   [tags: vermin, autobiography, maltreated]
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