Table of Contents Plot Overview Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesman, wakes up in his bed to find himself transformed into a large insect. He looks around his room, which appears normal, and decides to go back to sleep to forget about what has happened. He attempts to roll over, only to discover that he cannot due to his new body—he is stuck on his hard, convex back.
Gregor Samsa is a responsible travel salesman that one day awakened as an insect after sleeping late. His first response to his change in shape was not to question his present state, but rather to try to fulfill his job responsibilities and obligations for that day as a normal and useful human being.
Nowhere in the novel does any character question the transformation but the characters seem to accept it readily. Society demands a lot from Gregor Samsa. His job seems frustrating, and un-fulfilling.
On one side, his boss is an absolute authority figure. On the other hand, the chief clerk accuses him, with no evidence, of an unethical activity simply because he is allegedly hiding in his room. Prior to his metamorphosis, he also played an important financial role in the family as chief provider.
He lives a rather comfortable life, but he is forced to work very hard for it. The physical transformation brings a quick degradation in his relationship with the mother and the father, to the point that his father throws apples at him and wounds him, moved seemingly by instinct like behavior.
How can we expect society to accept Gregor if even his own family dislikes his presence? His wound is not only physical: Finally, the lodgers, who exert a great pressure on the family due to economic reasons, represent outer society and the possible reactions that could arise if Gregor is removed from his house.
His inability to communicate symbolizes his alienation from society. He normally does not leave the room. Because his physical appearance is not fit according to social standards, Gregor attempts to keep peace by avoiding frighting people.
At first, the family respects his space for a while, but later they begin to use the room as a repository and as it starts to be covered with dust nobody cleans it.
Finally, the removal of the furniture acts as a detonation of his alienation as Gregor looses his identity. Furthermore, the removal of the furniture acts as a detonation of his alienation as Gregor looses loses his identity.
An insect is driven ultimately by instincts and the all-powerful necessity of survival. However, Gregor is driven by other aspirations even when he is a bug. Even though his preferences such as eating have changed, he still has aspirations that are not characteristics of insects.
However, his family, who benefited from his hard work, now sees him just like a useless insect. It is seen by his family as a much-awaited liberation and allows them to think about the future with a fresh perspective.
They seem to easily ignore his death and end up talking casually about the need to find a husband for Grete.CHAPTER 1 In one of the most famous first sentences in all of literature, Franz Kafka confronts us with the premise, or "thesis" even, of The Metamorphosis: When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.
A short summary of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis. This free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of The Metamorphosis. 1 Franz Kafka () The Metamorphosis () Translated by Ian Johnston, Malaspina University-College I One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that.
We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. Building on the previous days' "Kafka in Translation" activities, students should create an original artistic translation of The Metamorphosis or The Judgment. This translation may take the form of visual art, musical composition, animation, short film, or multimedia work.
They may choose to focus. Franz Kafka is the twentieth century’s valedictory ghost. In two incomplete yet incommensurable novels, “The Trial” and “The Castle,” he submits, as lingering spirits will, a ghastly.