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The paper discusses how Kafka's story "The Metamorphosis" can be interpreted in a variety of ways. The paper focuses on the central metamorphosis of Gregor into a creature and shows how there are many meanings attached to this event. The paper points out that what is most remarkable is that Gregor's positive feelings towards his family remain unchanged even while everything else changes unrecognizably.
From the Paper:"Kafka's short story, "Metamorphosis", presents a number of interesting obstacles for attempts at interpretation. Some interpreters for example focus on the fact that Kafka never indicates what kind of bug Gregor Samsa becomes. While the maid once refers to him as a "dung beetle", this is never corroborated by the rest of the text. While some hold that the main character is transformed into a cockroach, others note that the description of Gregor's form does not substantiate this. Indeed, Vladimir Nabokov even provides a sketch to illustrate this point in his lecture on Kafka's work. A further problematic issue is that Kafka never directly states the reasons for Gregor's transformation - either in symbolic or in realistic terms. Indeed, the reader is left to his or her own devices in providing a suitable interpretation and reasons for the strange event."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Kafka, Franz. Metamorphosis. Trans. David Wyllie. Project Gutenberg, 2002. Available online: http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/world/readfile?fk_files=195359&pageno=1
- Kenderdine, Janis E. Franz Kafka's "Metamorphosis". 2004-2007. http://www.fifegeek.com/misc/docs/metamorphosis.shtml
- Nabokov, Vladimir. Lecture on "The Metamorphosis". http://victorian.fortunecity.com/vermeer/287/nabokov_s_metamorphosis.htm
- Nowak, Jeff. Franz Kafka's Novellas: Metamorphosis. The Modern Word, 2004. http://www.themodernword.com/kafka/kafka_works_novellas.html
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