The Metamorphosis Essay In Franz Kafka’s, novel The Metamorphosis the author tells a story about a man named Gregor who turns into a cockroach. Gregor wakes up to find himself already a bug. We never have a chance to think of Gregor as a person. In this book the reader sees and experiences all the physical and emotional changes that Gregor and his family go through. This paper will analyze how Gregor’s transformation sparks the metamorphosis of his family.
Plot The story begins with Gregor waking up in bed and finding out that he’s just turned into a vermin, probably a roach. Despite his state, Gregor feels that he can still go to work. However, he proves unable to do this when he finds he has so much trouble getting out of bed and opening the door. Furthermore, no one can understand him. Gregor’s employer who had come to Gregor’s house to fetch him to work, leaves in a very nervous state and Gregor worries about losing his job.
Gregor is just making his life worse for himself trying to worry for others before worrying about himself. Gregor has a nice home in a lovely neighborhood however since he cannot work anymore because he is a giant beetle his parents have to rent some rooms to boarders. Gregor can see that will help the family with their financial issues, but so much more comes along with it. His parents need to keep him confined to his room because he will scare the boarders out because he is a giant bug. Even to make matters worse his parents have to shove all the junk into his room and cram him up and take his furniture away from him “…Gregor would be completely barricaded; and, in the second place, it was not at all
The Revelations Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesman, wakes up one morning to find himself transformed into a large insect. He reflects on how dreary life as a traveling salesman is and how he would quit if his parents and sister did not depend so much on his income. He turns to the clock and sees that he has overslept and missed his train to work. As he tries to get out of bed he hears his angered manager coming throw the doors of the apartment he panics and assures him he will open the door shortly but his voice too has changed he is a bug now. The first time Gregory reveals himself, as a bug is to reassure his manager that the reason as to why he did not attend his work was in fact severe.
In Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, a traveling salesman named Gregor wakes up to discover that he has become a giant insect. This, as one would imagine, is a cause of immense strain upon Gregor’s family. However, despite their grief and confusion, they inadvertently develop changes in themselves. If there is a change in anyone, there is a change in the people close to him or her as well. Through the transformation of Gregor’s father, the family’s new jobs, and Gregor’s parents’ newfound appreciation for their daughter, we can see why this is true, and that Kafka intended to convey this point in The Metamorphosis.
The Metamorphosis is a masterfully written short story by Franz Kafka about Gregor Samsa, a man who gives everything in his life to his family and work, for less than nothing in return. Only when he is transformed into a giant beetle does his awareness change as well and an understanding of the relationships around him develops. The underlying theme of The Metamorphosis is an existential view that says any given choice will change the path of the person’s life later on, and that the person has ultimate will over making choices. In this case, Gregor’s missing identity has caused him to ignore everything around him. One morning, Gregor awakens to find himself with the body of a beetle.
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka is a chronicle of the transformation of a sales man, Gregor, into a giant insect. This transformation turns into his alienation from his family and ultimate death. Before his metamorphosis, Gregor is seen by his family as a source of income. After becoming an insect, he is no longer accepted and is alienated from the family. The story conveys major themes: alienation from society which turns Gregor into an insect and his transformation as his liberation from the burden of having to support his family.
Neither of these could ever actually occur in the world, showing the authors contempt for reality and inflammatory attitude towards rationalism. The “vermin” portrayed are shown to cause grief to those involved with them as well as suffering internal strife. Samsa’s transmogrification forces all of his family members to work in his stead. They are also needed to care for Gregor in his new state, which causes him grief when they shun and attack him. The demon of Ernst’s piece his shown stomping over mountains causing damage to the world.
The event that sparks the entire story, Gregor’s transformation, is entirely outside the realm of his control. He awoke and “found himself changed into a monstrous vermin” (3). Not only does Gregor not have control of the situation, he doesn’t even know that anything has happened to him until he wakes up. He has no choice in the matter of turning into a giant insect. This transformation disgusts Gregor’s family.
Analysis of Education for Tragedy “The Metamorphosis…is the story of the traveling salesman Gregor Samsa, who wakes up one morning transformed into a monstrous vermin, retains his ability to think and feel as a human being, is held prisoner and hidden by his family, and slowly goes to his ruin…” (Sokel 164) Gregor lives in an apartment with his mom, dad, and Grete, his sister. Gregor Samsa struggles to resolve his humanity after waking up one morning transformed into a giant bug. Gregor soon realized the reality of being alienated and suffers the consequences. Before Gregor’s metamorphosis, he planned to send his sister Grete to the Conservatory against his parents’ wishes. The metamorphosis is basically a sentence in advance to prevent Gregor from arrogating paternal authority and prevent an impending rebellion of the son.
Later on in the same scene he realizes he is no longer human by the way the lodgers react to his distasteful appearance, which symbolizes his loss of humanity. Once he realizes he's nothing but a bug his father throws an apple at him "it was an apple, another flew at him immediately afterward, Gregor stood still in fright, to continue running was pointless because his father had decided to
Katie Child Writing 1A Mr.Cody 9/13/11 Kafka: Metamorphosis paper #2 Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” is about Gregor Samsa waking up one morning to find out that he has mysteriously metamorphosized into a giant insect. He has a difficult time adjusting to his new body and even struggles trying to lift himself out of his bed. Gregor turns to the clock and realizes he is about to miss his train for his traveling salesman’s job. In spite of his current physical predicament, He still tries to think of a way he could make it to work because he must provide for his mom, dad, and sister. His father stopped working after losing his job, his sister is too young to work, and his mother is too sick, therefore Gregor is his family’s only source of income.
There are so many debates on what exactly is the meaning of the transformation. In an analysis essay by Conor Fitzgerald he describes that Gregory life was like a beetle and that is what Kafka was trying to explain. Gregory never did anything for himself he was always trying to satisfy his parents. Gregory life was so boring just like a beetle and his relationship with his parents was bad already before and after his transformation and his sister not supporting him just put the icing on the cake to end his life. So was Gregory transformation a physical change or psychological change.
From the beginning of the story we get the quote “he found that he had been transformed in his bed into an enormous bug.” (11) setting the tone for the rest of the story as well as the changes that Gregor would undergo. The account of Gregor changing is given in a non-chalet sober way, as if this chaotic, extraordinary event is nothing out of the ordinary. Just as the way Gregor went about things as man accepting hardships without the slightest grimace he also does when he turns into a bug. The brief glimpse we get into Gregor’s human life during part 1 we find out that he was essentially a hermit, having no friends outside the office and dreading his boss. He focused on his work and only his work, in order to gather money “together to pay off my parents’ debt to him” (12), him being Gregor’s boss.
Franz Kafka’s short story Metamorphosis tells the plight of Gregor Samsa, a contributing individual in society who, one day wakes to find himself transformed into a giant insect. Though physically Gregor loses the trait of standing erect almost immediately, his ability to engage on a psychological and emotional level deteriorates at a much slower rate. Finally, his need to stay socially engaged is one that Gregor maintains in order to stay part of the human world. In the metamorphosis, Kafka shows the decline of Gregor’s humanity through the loss of his physical, psychological and finally, social characteristics which define global humanity. Kafka amplifies the abrupt change in Gregor by removing the most noticeable physical traits first.
Personalities are not solely formed through concrete biological processes but also by developments within the psyche; in The Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa awakes to discover that he is a giant insect, for no apparent reason. Prior to the shift in Gregor’s physical state, Gregor’s father’s business is shut down, his mother is in a frail state, and his sister maintains the household while Gregor provides financial resources. The struggle in the story is characterized by dependency; as Gregor began to develop himself, it came at the cost of his father’s mental state and capacity to conduct daily operations (this is recognized by the rise in Gregor’s success as the Father’s success declines). The reverse is true as well: as Gregor eroded, the Father regained his competence and developed. While in the Greek story regarding Oedipus, it is the son that defeated the father, The Metamorphosis depicts the tale in the reverse, where the father ultimately triumphs over the son, effectively reversing the direction of development.
I personally side with the latter opinion that solitude brings about angst and sadness to a person. In The Metamorphosis, Kafka illustrates threefold how solitude brings angst and sadness to Gregor. Gregor is left alone by his family as they move on with their lives, his family takes all his worldly possessions from him without consideration to him, and they began to be troubled and averse to being alone in the same house with him. Even before Gregor woke up to find himself transformed into an unsightly creature, Gregor had experienced large doses of solitude in his life. Gregor had little to no friends, and his job consumed all of his focus.
Gregor was shut “[in] his room” and “left again in darkness” after his big metamorphosis into an insect. The fact that Gregor is always isolated and alone in his room is touched upon often. Through this isolation, he is able to ponder and turn over his life in his head. As a bug he has nothing else to do. When he was a regular human, it seemed he would never choose to spend his free time in such a way, if he had any free time to begin with.
In “The Metamorphosis,” by Franz Kafka, we can see how Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesman, accepts change. Primarily, the word “metamorphosis” itself can be used a synonym for change in this sense. In the story, Gregor Samsa lives with his family and one day he wakes up and has been transformed into a giant roach. At first getting up out of bed was a daily struggle for him. Kafka uses many pages solely to describe his steps to get out of bed.