Metamorphosis Essay

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Jessica Moose 23 November 2011 The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka As we go through life as individuals growing and trying to find ourselves and the meaning of our existence, we tend to have belief that everything in life has reason and meaning. When it comes to reading stories of all kinds, we tend to realize that some titles of certain stories have great impact on the meaning of the story itself and some titles have no resemblance to the meaning of the story. When it comes to the story “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka; the title itself has great meaning to the significance in the story. The themes of the story show the significance of the meaning of the story and the importance of the title. One theme within the story that corresponds with the meaning of the importance of the title would be the theme of having obscurity in life. For instance, the first sentence of the story “When Gregor awoke one morning from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous insect.” (Kafka 302). The sentence alone explains the obscurity on life in how Gregor randomly wakes up one day as an insect after being human his whole life. This is an obscurity because something like this just doesn’t happen. Gregors Transformation or Metamorphosis into this insect has significance because though he is an insect, the story never implies the reason for this change, therefore leaving the reader to ponder on the reasons this happened. There is no clear if any evidence within the story that shows Gregor deserving these changes of both his physical appearance and the way his own family begins to treat him. The response of the characters and how they tend to start acting also adds to the obscurity and its relation to the title. The family starts of cool, calming and questioning in the beginning, but as the story continues, you can begin to see the change in how the

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