This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Isolation And Feelings In Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka

1678 words - 7 pages

It appears that the people who care the most end up getting hurt by the ones they love. The more time, energy, love, and money that a person sometimes invests get thrown back in their face once something drastic happens. In turn, this causes feelings of worthlessness and isolation and can eventually lead to death. Franz Kafka understands this better than anyone else and can portray this in his novella, the Metamorphosis. In his novella, The Metamorphosis, the protagonist, Gregor Samsa is one who undergoes a physical and mental transformation due to the unrelenting pressures that his father placed upon him which eventually cause him to die. At the heart of the father-son relationship lies ...view middle of the document...

Throughout the story, there are many parallels between Franz Kafka’s life and that of Gregor Samsa’s. When it comes to Samsa’s father, Herr Samsa, and Kafka’s father, Hermann Kafka, there are many similarities and differences between both men. Both of their fathers are controlling, physically abusive, and overbearing. 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. When he sees that Gregor is a bug, his reaction is one of disgust. This ‘monstrous’ creature that Gregor had become was a horrid sight for Mr. Samsa to see. “The father was already knocking, gently, but with his fist” exerts the fact that Mr. Samsa was a bit manipulative (Kafka 9). The irony in this sentence is that he knocked gentle as to seem that he did not want to disturb Gregor. He then also made sure to use his fist as to show a sign of power and that he did not care if Gregor was ok but rather to make sure that he would get to work on time. At one moment in the story the father seems a bit worrisome but in the next instant the “father gave him a strong push which was literal deliverance and he flew far into the room..." "The door was slammed behind him with a stick..." (Kafka 20). This statement is also one of irony in that it speaks to the fact that when his room door is locked his father is dying to get in the room. However when the door is finally opened and the father now witnesses what Gregor has become the father then feels a sense of urgency and unrest in forcefully shoving his son back into his room. By immediately pushing his son back into his room; it now becomes Gregor’s prison, and he must face this physical and mental isolation alone. He locked Gregors’ room door and avoided contact with him. By slamming the door shut and isolating Gregor in his room starts the beginning of a slow, painful death that Gregor has to experience. With a life of isolation comes freedom from work, time, and the burden of family. However none of it is worth it in the end when the people that a person has worked so hard for don’t appreciate it. This contributes to his mental deterioration due to the unrelenting pressures of having to provide for his family and the father. Gregor can no longer take pride in being financially supportive of his family; they no longer see it as a gift. His father now has a demeanor of ungratefulness and expectancy as though he is entitled to Gregors’ financial gains. In observing what Gregor must go through it makes the reader to be more appreciative of things that people do and put...

Find Another Essay On Isolation and Feelings in Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

"The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka Essay

845 words - 3 pages In "The Metamorphosis", by Franz Kafka, a family is supported, but also ripped apart by one individual, Gregor Samsa. The family is falling apart including Gregor. They do not talk to each other except to fight, and they seem to care for each other only because they all need to be healthy and to get enough sleep in order to work the next day. They are becoming alienated from each other in the same way that Gregor was alienated when he was the

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka Essay

1110 words - 4 pages 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

"The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka

1155 words - 5 pages The Metamorphosis: A Family TragedyBy Melissa MullinsThe long story The Metamorphosis is one that is very subtle and very delicate, yet at the same time quite disturbing. One doesn't expect to open a book and begin reading a story whose opening line finds the main character awakening to find that he has been transformed into a beetle-like insect. In reading the story I didn't find it to be in any way amusing or comical. Instead I found it to be

Gregor Samsa's Isolation in The Metamorphisis by Franz Kafka

742 words - 3 pages Franz Kafka uses his short story, “The Metamorphosis”, to portray the isolation associated with alienation from society, displayed by his character Gregor Samsa. The effects of isolation and alienation are utilized to demonstrate the necessity of interaction and social inclusion for all individuals. Alienation is the process in which someone becomes foreign to the world that they are living in. The relevance of alienation in society is

The Unloving Society in The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

1023 words - 4 pages 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

Feminist Aspects in The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

687 words - 3 pages the charwoman seemed to have disrupted the peace” (Kafka 24). In the middle of the story while Gregor’s father is throwing apples at him, his sister rushes into the room and begs her father to stop throwing apples at Gregor, never daring to actually stop him herself. So, although I do not believe that Franz Kafka wrote this story to be feminist, I do believe that, during that time period, society shared a very common view of feminism that worked its way into his story.

The Truth of Perception in The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

1306 words - 6 pages by Franz Kafka, the protagonist Gregor Samsa, over the course of one night, suddenly transformed into a “monstrous vermin.” Gregor is now physically separated by his family who can only perceive him as his bug-like structure, which results in the disintegration of his emotional turmoil and ultimately death. The exposition of The Metamorphosis beings with a small little room that is symmetrical in every manner. Gregor awakes to find himself

Isolation in The Metamorphosis by Kafka and Heart of Darkness by Conrad

1221 words - 5 pages prototype of who or what he is expected to be. Thus, because society is often blinded by the realms of the world, its impositions in turn cripples humanity. If he does not conform, he becomes a social out cast, excluded and excommunicated from the fabric of life. The theme alienation in a small society is depicted primarily through setting by both authors Conrad and Kafka in Metamorphosis and Heart of Darkness. This depiction demonstrates how this

Comparing Franz Kafka and Gregor Samsa in The Metamorphosis

1707 words - 7 pages Similarities between Franz Kafka and Gregor Samsa in The Metamorphosis It is unusual to say the least to open a book and the first line is about the main character waking up as a large insect. Most authors’ use symbolism to relate the theme of their work, not Franz Kafka. He uses a writing method that voids all aspects and elements of the story that defy interpretation. In doing this, he leaves a simple story that stands only for an

Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, Symbolistic Essay

515 words - 2 pages In the short story The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, the central character Gregor Samsa can be analyzed on a symbolic level. The purpose of this essay is to demonstrate through examples and quotes, the ways in which Kafka applies symbolism. Throughout the story, clear similarities between the author's life and the main character's life are evident.A striking likeness between Gregor and Kafka is their resentment towards their work environment. In

Family Dynamics in Peter Shaffer’s Equus and Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

1281 words - 5 pages religion, Samsa isolates himself because of his current appearance of a bug. Knowing that in Equus the difference in religion causes the rejection, and in The Metamorphosis, the act of work causes the separation, allow the readers to see the author’s intent to reject and isolate the main characters. Works Cited Kafka, Franz. The Metamorphosis. Trans. Stanley Corngold. New York: Bantam, 1972. Shaffer, Peter. Equus. New York, Scribner, 1973.

Similar Essays

Perception Changes In Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka

1050 words - 5 pages Change is unavoidable and inevitably in every moment of our lives. In every second of our lives, changes appear and disappear, impacting our lives. Humans perceive change differently and it reveals the true nature of our heart. It is due to the dissension of change between humans that determines the differences in our individual perceptions. In the novel, “ Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka, the word change is taken to a entirely absurd degree

The Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka Essay

1486 words - 6 pages 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

The Metamorphosis, By Franz Kafka Essay

2262 words - 9 pages is not real intimate and emotional connection within the relationship (McLeod NP). Kafka’s relationships with his family and with women demonstrate an avoidant insecure attachment. In the article “Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka” written by Allan Beveridge, Kafka felt “estranged” from society and his relationships (Beveridge 459). In The Metamorphosis, Gregor feels significantly inferior to his entire family: “[he] recoiled at his father’s brazen

The Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka Essay

1016 words - 4 pages "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