Analysis of The Metamorphosis Sarvesh Sortee 2013A4PS093P ‘The Metamorphosis’ is centered on Gregor Samsa and his family consisting of his parents and his younger sister, Grete. Gregor is a travelling salesman. Gregor is compelled to work for his employer as his father is indebted to him. One day he wakes up and finds himself transformed into an insect. There is no clue provided whatsoever for the cause.
In the tale of The Metamorphosis, a man named Gregor Samsa lives the life of a giant bug unexpectedly as it rained one evening, Gregor awoke to his body being a giant bug with a white spot on his belly. This posed as no threat to Gregor because he was marked for greatness. He began evaluating his surroundings and realized the time. It seemed as if a season had passed. Gregor quickly realized he will be late for work.
Franz Kafka’s novella The Metamorphosis is the tragic story of young travelling salesman Gregor Samsa who becomes alienated by his family after he transforms overnight into a giant insect. The Metamorphosis, while open to various interpretations, clearly depicts Kafka’s own views of the suffocating capitalist socio-economic structure and the struggles for power that occur within one. In The Metamorphosis, Kafka illustrates the incessant oppression that occurs as a result of a rigidly capitalist society. First, Kafka illustrates the expendability of workers in a capitalist society with the role of Gregor at his workplace and within his family. Gregor is a traveling salesman, utterly unimportant to the company to which he dedicates his life.
Gregor is an ordinary man. He is a travel salesmen that has a very dull life. He works everyday to support his family. This makes it all the more shocking when he wakes up one day and realizes that he has transformed into a bug! “When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin,” (part 1 p.76).
Franz Kafka starts his story, The Metamorphosis, by transforming his main character into a vermin, one of the most disgusting and loathsome insects. With Gregor’s transformation, Kafka is exposing a metaphorical view of how life can be shown in a tangible, physical way. Gregor’s metamorphosis consists in his insides coming out. His new state of being reflects his life and his inner thoughts. A cockroach is a tangible representation of how he feels about his life and the relationship with his family.
The family is in light of the model built up by Sigmund Freud and reflecting Kafka 's own, with an obviously predominant father who enslaves the child to his will through power and quality. When he tries to drive the bug Gregor once more into his room, he starts stamping and murmuring. Gregor takes note of that "the commotion in his back sounded no more like the voice of one single parent." His dad has get to be an option that is more noteworthy than an individual, a constrain that drives him forward in sheer
Authors often write stories with a meaning bigger than what is stated. “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka is no exception. Kafka tells a story about a man named Gregor Samsa who wakes up in bed as a bug. Throughout the story, he is treated poorly and disrespected in multiple ways. While someone turning into a bug may not be realistic, it represents much more that since the theme is not explicitly stated in the story.
In his eyes, Gregor has become everything loathsome to him—scrawny, parasitic, and futile—not the kind of son this once successful and ambitious storekeeper could be proud of. Hence, as Mr. Samsa returns to his house in a position of strength and authority, he unfortunately witnesses the sight of his stricken wife down
“‘Excuse me,” Greg says through his teeth, gets up and walks out the door.’” ( Friesen 31). Once his family finds out about him missing exams Greg leaves the house and decides to go back to his girlfriend. The next theme is family. “Brother Dear” shows the hardships of maintaining a well functioning family. This particular family has lots of trouble accepting certain members the way they are.
Afterwards, Grete, Gregor’s sister, starts providing for her family and realises that there is no need for Gregor, as he is no longer able to provide for the family, and is being a burden to the family. Lastly, as Gregor transforms physically, his family start to grow hatred and disappointment towards him, and try to alienate him. After Gregor’s transformation, the father has started providing for his family, and the author uses Gregor’s transformation to illustrate that the family prioritises their economical status, and when he is not able to provide, they alienate him. The father started to provide after Gregor’s physical transformation, which shows that the father was always able to work, but chose not to and enforced this role onto Gregor. Gregor, however, ignores his transformation and focuses