Alienation in "The Metamorphosis" Analytical Essay

Alienation in "The Metamorphosis"
Examines the theme of alienation in "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka.
# 26797 | 1,200 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | IN
Published on May 18, 2003 in English (Analysis) , Literature (German)

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Author Franz Kafka had been subject to intense alienation during his lifetime and therefore it is natural that alienation is a recurring theme in his writing. The paper shows that "The Metamorphosis" operates at three levels. The first is that of an allegorical tale that brings out the brutal alienation faced by the protagonist. At the second level ,close parallels are drawn with Kafka?s own life, thus portraying the alienation faced by him. Finally, the paper shows that the book is a statement about those people who try to express their individuality and how they are subdued by society.

From the Paper:

"Society demands conformity and the individual who resists this assault on his identity faces alienation. The individual then searches for freedom from the restrictions of society. But society responds by coming down more strongly on him and the vicious circle continues. In his allegorical novel, The Metamorphosis, Kafka narrates this "predicament of modern man" [1] with telling effect. The protagonist of the story was alienated from society even before his metamorphosis, but his transformation to a "monstrous vermin" takes the alienation and search for freedom on a different plane. The reader can identify with the theme more easily and clearly because of the metamorphosis."

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