Understanding the concept behind metamorphosis
This proves too much for her, thus giving rise to a conflict between her maternal impulse and sympathy, and her fear and revulsion at Gregor's new form.
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Gregor's transformation into a puke-inducing parasite is often viewed as an expression of Kafka's feelings of isolation and inferiority. Dude had every reason to feel alone: not only was he a German speaker living in Czech Prague, and a Jew living in hyper anti-Semitic times, but Kafka also felt enormous pressure to become a successful businessman like his father. This prompts his family to begin working once again. And it raises some huge questions. The relationship between Gregor and his father is in many ways similar to Franz and his father Herrman. Rieck views these pairs as parts of one single person hence the similarity between the names Gregor and Grete , and in the final analysis as the two determining components of the author's personality. Lee More: Get book recommendations, fiction, poetry, and dispatches from the world of literature in your in-box. He works as a traveling salesman in order to provide money for his sister and parents. He wakes up one morning finding himself transformed into an insect. The author claims that it was she who went through a metamorphosis turning her childish dreams of a violin player to those of a future wife for being a full-grown woman. But what makes Kafka's story such a classic is that it's able to move from the Big Questions that haunt civilization as we know it to that universally recognizable and, let's be honest—often pretty hilarious experience of adolescent awkwardness. And although they are described as poor, they are never too hard up to retain the services of at least one domestic servant. Gregor's family is horrified, and his father drives him back into his room under the threat of violence. The appearance of figures with such almost irreconcilable personalities who form couples in Kafka's works has been evident since he wrote his short story Description of a Struggle e. Gregor Samsa[ edit ] "Gregor Samsa" redirects here.
The appearance of figures with such almost irreconcilable personalities who form couples in Kafka's works has been evident since he wrote his short story Description of a Struggle e.
It is not an uncommon resource to convey an idea of sociological reach by simply reducing the involved people and making conclusions from the micro and apply them to the macro.
Samsa is Gregor's father. As Grete rushes to assist his mother, Gregor follows her and is hurt by a medicine bottle falling on his face. It is the father figure that Kafka created that throws the apple at him finally hurting his new body in an irreparable form.
Careful study of Franz Kafka's life shows that Kafka's family, workplace, and reaction to the adversity in his family and workplace are just like those of Gregor.
Samsa[ edit ] Mr. In another instance, a female goddess cares deeply for a man and goes to great lengths to protect him from danger.
While trying to move, Gregor finds that his office manager, the chief clerk, has shown up to check on him, indignant about Gregor's unexcused absence. Therefore, he might have felt just like Gregor, like a bug. Franz Kafka was unhappy and never found his place in life, either. There are elements of sadomasochism between Gregor and his father, Gregor and Grete, Gregor and his boss, and the boarders and the family. The question remains open. Interpretation[ edit ] Like most Kafka works, The Metamorphosis tends to entail the use of a religious Max Brod or psychological interpretation by most of its interpreters. It's an all-encompassing allegory. We're all insects, all Ungeziefer, now. To help provide an income for the family after Gregor's transformation, she starts working as a salesgirl. He works as a traveling salesman in order to provide money for his sister and parents. With Gregor's unexpected incapacitation, the family is deprived of their financial stability. What exactly is he transformed into? From this standpoint, Grete's transition, her metamorphosis from a girl into a woman, is the subtextual theme of the story.
Gregor, understanding that he is no longer wanted, dies of starvation before the next sunrise. Robinson and Delamarche in Amerika as well as in his short stories A Country Doctor the country doctor and the groom and A Hunger Artist the hunger artist and the panther.
He instead chose an interpretation guided by the artistic detail but categorically excluded any and all attempts at deciphering a symbolic or allegoric level of meaning.
He derives his interpretative approach from the fact that the descriptions of Gregor and his family environment in The Metamorphosis contradict each other.
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