Kafka’s title, The Metamorphosis, embodies the transformations that the main characters go through throughout the novella. The main character in The Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa, undergoes transformations both physically and psychologically that determine the events for the rest of his life. Kafka captured his audience’s attention by opening The Metamorphosis with Gregor’s physical transformation into an insect. As Gregor lifts his head from his bed he feels his now rock-hard back and sees the brown ridged sections that consume his belly. Gregor soon realizes that his bug-like physique is going to prevent him from completing his daily activities; some as simple as sleeping.
Gregor Samsa is the protagonist who undergoes metamorphosis by transforming into an insect. This short story can be defined as a polysemic text that is interested in various understandings. Nina Pelikan Straus critic essay “Transforming Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis” shows how Gregor isn't interested in his surroundings, because he is an insect which resulted in him becoming dehumanized. Kafkas “Metamorphosis” is showing that because of Gregor's transformation he strives and cares for his surroundings even more since he realizes what his life has finally come to be. Gregor as an insect is just showing that his humanity cannot be perceived by his surroundings.
Mistreatment from the 1800’s is Still Reflected in Modern Day Society “The father’s explanations were to some extent the first pleasant news that Gregor got to hear since his imprisonment.” (p. 1654) In the story The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka, the character Gregor undergoes a metamorphosis into an insect and experiences what it’s like to feel imprisoned and mistreated within his own home. Throughout the story he continuously is mistreated by his family and sadly still reflects modern day families and society. Gregor family consisted of his father, his mother and his sister Grete. Before Gregor had turn into an insect he was the main provider of income and covered all expenditures for his family. Gregor was the only person that worked in his family and was a traveling salesman.
As a kid you were probably told not to judge a book by its cover. In To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee takes this concept to a new level.This intricate novel tells the story of the Finch family; Atticus, Jem, and Scout. These characters live in Maycomb County, Alabama during the Great Depression. Scout and Jem think they know who Boo Radley is, the mysterious lurker of the neighborhood, but soon start to learn that there is more than what meets the eye. While taking care of his children Atticus takes a case for a black man, Tom Robinson, which brings hard times and teaches life lessons to the Finches.
His very unique style is character driven plot that was one of the reasons that made him a common author. The character-driven plot is one of his styles and means the internal struggle of a character. He wrote, “The Pearl” which is one of his famous books. In “The Pearl”, Kino is a poor man that found The Pearl of the World which brings his family and him, bad luck and problems. When Kino and his family goes to the doctor, because his son, Coyotito, got stung by a scorpion, he builds up with rage and wrath when he knocks on the doctor’s door.
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“The Black Cat” really gives us an understanding of Poe’s life because he uses alcoholism as the disease in the story. For much of his life, Poe suffered from alcoholism. The five stories are similar because the men claim to be sane, yet they end up turning into madmen.
Analysis of The Metamorphosis This story "The Metamorphosis" is about Gregor, a workaholic, who is changed into an insect and must then deal with his present reality. The hardest part of being an insect for him was the alienation from his family, which eventually leads to his death. In reading the short story "The Metamorphosis," (1971),one can realize how small the difference is between Magical Realism and Fantastic. This literature written by the Austrian, Franz Kafka, is often debated over. The magical elements in this story are obvious like they should be in fantastic literature.
The Dehumanization of Gregor in The Metamorphosis In the novella The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka, the main character Gregor undergoes a physical transformation from human to bug. Despite this change in appearance, he maintains his human brain as insect tendencies slowly take over his day to day behavior. He maintains his thoughtless state of mind, memories, and inner dialogue during his exterior transformation. Although he maintains his mental capacities, it is his change in appearance that causes his family to turn against him and eventually kill him. These events show how people can become dehumanized by society and the government only because of a difference in behavior or appearance.
In Gregors case, being a bug was an outward manifestation and transformation of a situation that had already existed. Throughout the story we are introduced to many different forms of symbolism. I think the transformation into an insect was a symbol of the relationship Gregor and his father had. Before his transformation Gregor had already felt small and trapped, just as he did after he was locked in his room.