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
The point of view of this story is very interesting because it is in the
third person. We do not know who narrates the story. There is nobody in the
house telling us the story, and there is never mentioned somebody for telling
the story. The best is because this “somebody” knows a lot about the Samsa’s
family background, and he tells us very clear everything happening in the
house. This way of narrating it is very opened to us, and makes us feel like we
are imagining a movie or remembering a happen from how it is narrated.
“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found
himself transformed in his bed into gigantic insect.” This is the first sentence
of the short story (Kirszner & Mandell 388). This short story has very
interesting attention catching line. Kafka does not describe anything; he just
comes straight to the point and says that Gregor was transformed into an
insect. After this incredible beginning everybody starts wondering that what
will happen later in novel after this “intense start”.
Surprisingly, when Gregor wakes and finds out that he has been
transformed into an insect. He hardly has to accept it. He sta...
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...tions for this story. A lot of
different meanings have been thrown such as religious, political,
psychological or sociological, but nobody never could find out the exact
meaning and support his interpretation.
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