Kafka Furniture Analysis

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Şilan Tank 03.04.2015

A Brief Analysis of Kafka’s Metamorphosis Particularly on “The Furniture”

The period that Kafka has lived coincides with the time of development of capitalist economy and high exploitation on working class in Europe. While capitalists and landed gentry were enhancing their wealth, the European working class were suffering from heavy working conditions. They have been working about fourteen or fifteen hours daily without any break.
For instance, an official who described a spinning factory has said that this place was so unventilated, also there was a jangly noise, and the workers have been carrying their meals in tucker-bags hanging round their necks. Because they could not take a break to eat, they needed to
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He metamorphosed from a human to a bug; however the only thing that he considers is to back to the work by finding a “possible” way.
On the other hand, something interesting happens in the “furniture” sequence. Grete wants to remove his furniture for him to be able to grovel around unburdened in the room. However there is a problem. “…of course, he would be able to crawl around unhampered in all directions but at the cost of simultaneously, rapidly, and totally forgetting his human past?”*
This sequence is highly significant in the plot because “removing furniture” event is the only situation that remembers Gregor Samsa that he was a human, and he is being converted to an insect totally at this time. “Well, in a pinch Gregor could do without the chest, but the desk had to stay.” ** The desk and the framed picture had to stay because these articles symbolized
Gregor’s unique intellectual activity out of work time. These two make him human actually because he is creating something for himself by using his qualities. The furniture
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