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Gregor one day becomes merely a giant insect or a beetle. Kafka abruptly begins his narration as “One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin” (Kafka, p. 3). The writer does not leave scope for reader’s reasoning about its likeliness. Instead, he takes readers to the heights of feelings by his exceptional style of writing.
Gregor is unable to comprehend the change he underwent. His expressions and way of reaction indicate dissatisfaction. From the responses of the family one understands that Gregor was valuable to the family as he had been supporting it financially. His unexpected physical transformation now creates a chaotic environment in the family. This clearly shows that a change in life can have far reaching impacts on a person’s career and personal life. Gregor’s metamorphosis is not only physical, but it deeply alters his attitude in a very negative way. His concept of profession and the way he perceives life changes altogether. This has tremendous influence on his family as a whole.
As the story progresses the narrator exaggerates even normal things to strange out fields of visual imagery. There is no question how an absolute youth turns a roach overnight. Kafka sarcastically describes the family’s responses to the youth’s metamorphosis. Gregor’s mother faints seeing her son’s transformed form. His sister gets terrified and father wonders. The beetle-resembling Gregor becomes an unwanted element in the family. All members of the family understand that Gregor can no more be a reliable source of money. His contribution to the family is not worth remembering. The depiction of Gregor’s preoccupied mindset leaves a good impression of a perfect man and his workmanship.
However, now Gregor proves his inability to accomplish his professional demands and finds he cannot even get out of bed and open
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From this point on, everything changes for him and his family. Gregor is no longer able to go to work and life becomes touch for his family. This and his new behaviours strain the relationship between him and his family. The major themes that Kafka through this story include effects of economy on human relations, freedom and escapism, alienation, personal identity, guilt, power and subordination.
In this modern world, the clash between individual and the society is becoming more problematic. One can see that alienation in the mainstream society is the most important problem faced by an individual in his private and public domains. Some of the eminent writers make use of the problem of social alienation as the important theme in modern context.
Kafka’s explorations into absurd and surrealistic elements many before they trended in popular art through the surrealist movement, establish his cutting-edge imagination. Perhaps even more significant, however, are the aesthetic qualities to his work. Kafka was able to create an unparalleled world of language that evoked the extremities of anxiety and alienation. This essay examines what may be Kafka’s preeminent work ‘The Metamorphosis’ through its articulation of destiny; specifically that of protagonist Gregor Samsa.
Gregor, the hard-working son, one day woke up with some difficulties getting up thinking he was sick. However, he was soon to find out that he had turned out into an animal that his parents did not dare to look at and could not understand. Although in his mind, Gregor was speaking clearly to his family, all he sounded like to his parents and sister was the sound of an animal.
The hard-working, selfless, responsible Gregor, despite his own awful predicament, is mainly concerned for his family, worried about his boss, his job, and his responsibilities. He has many features and characteristics which can be recognized in aspects of living in the fast paced age of the 21st century.
"The Metamorphosis" is the story of a man, Gregor, who transforms into a giant bug! This is the beginning of the story---Gregor transforms into a bug and is therefore, on his way to becoming an outcast. Gregor is the sole earning member of his family and when he transforms into a giant bug, the whole situation turns upside down and starts transforming slowly.