Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Kafka's "The Metamorphosis"
An in-depth review and analysis of Franz Kafka's story "The Metamorphosis".
# 117148 | 2,405 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Nov 17, 2009 in English (Analysis) , Literature (European (other))

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The paper discusses the character of Gregor in Franz Kafka's story, "The Metamorphosis", who became transformed into a "verminous monster", and his imprisonment within his room and within himself. The paper explains how the existence of Gregor within his room is a type of purgatory and purification and this reinforces any religious imagery represented in the story. The paper focuses upon the photograph of a lady in a fur coat and muff that was in Gregor's room and how it emphasizes the awkward disposition of Gregor, making him an outcast of sorts. The paper then addresses the position of Gregor as a savior for his father and Grete as he drives them towards their own progress and salvation and how the music of Grete's violin and how the decision to kill Gregor is what would ultimately bring the family together.

The Style of Kafka
The Metamorphosis
The Photograph
The Image of Gregor
Grete's Violin
Coming Together in Death

From the Paper:

"The writing of Kafka is rife with symbolism and imagery, with The Metamorphosis being no different. However, a stylistic reality is his works is worth noting prior to the outset of an analysis of his story, as it is indicative as to the base upon which The Metamorphosis was built. In his works Kafka's style would transcend merely the position of author, to be rather a transmigration of his "soul" into new bodies or stories within which to live. Within each of his stories the character will die, only to live on again as a different incarnation in another story of his. In this way, as he dies within each of his stories, Kafka views himself reborn in another, with vermin being the stage in the cycle chosen for the Metamorphosis, and then the same torturous cycle begins again. (Ryan 137) Thus, this story is a step in the condition of an overall progression, with the particular point in the cycle it represents being that of salvation, as will be discussed."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Kafka, Franz. "The Metamorphosis." Retrieved on 8 December 2007, from: http://www.mala.bc.ca/~Johnstoi/stories/kafka-E.htm
  • Angress, R.K. "." MLN. 85.5, German Issue, pp. 745-746.
  • Ryan, Michael P. "Samsa and Samsara: Suffering, Death, and Rebirth in "The Metamorphosis"." The German Quarterly. 72.2, pp. 133-152.
  • Straus, Nina Pelikan. "." Signs. 14.3, pp. 651-667.

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