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Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis Essay

1189 words - 5 pages

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.

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 starts asking to

himself some really sick questions such; what do you do when you are a bug?

How do u get out of bed when you are a bug? How can you present to your

family and your boss that you are a bug? How are you going to explain it to

them? As we see he is not really worried anymore about his body or how

come something like this can happen in real life, instead he is worried how is

he going to present himself like that in front of other people. He is concerned

about work, because he cannot catch the train and go to work that day. He

just wonders what should he say to other people when they come and knock

in his door. In this part we can see that something wrong and mysterious is

going on. How come a person that is just transformed from a normal person

to a bug, is not concerned for that, but is concerned about work and his

family. In fact when he is concerned about family we come to a very good

point. He is concerned for what will happen to his family after he is fired and

cannot support them anymore. This shows the altruism of this person.

Gregor’s transformation changes everybody’s daily routine. Gregor

cannot work anymore. His sister now has to take...

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