Franz Kafka’s chilling tale, The Metamorphosis, is about a man who wakes up one day to find himself transformed into a giant insect. The change in his physical being affects Gregor deeply as he struggles to find his place in the world. He despairs the idea of being trapped under his family’s roof with no way of supporting himself. He senses that his world has changed irrevocably and that he will never be able to return to the way he was before.
The story’s publication in 1915 to wide critical acclaim is a remarkable illustration of the effect that Kafka’s work can have on people.
What two shifts occur at the end of The Metamorphosis?
After Gregor Samsa wakes up in his bug-like form and his family throws him out, he returns to his home and finds that “all [is] quiet right through the house.” What has happened to his family? This is the first shift: we realize that after Gregor’s transformation, something else has happened to his family – they must have died. Second, after Gregor returns home, he finds that he no longer can return to the way he was before. This is the second shift: Gregor now must try to adapt to his new body and the new way of life.
How did these two shifts change the story and the reader’s perspective on it?
The reader’s perspective on the story changes because they now have sympathy for Gregor since he didn’t have anything to do with the death of his family. They also understand why he is given the task of adapting to his new body.
How does the story of The Metamorphosis echo the story of The Odyssey?
In The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka tells the story of Gregor Samsa who wakes up as a giant insect and realizes that he is now trapped in his own body. In The Odyssey, Homer tells the story of a warrior named Odysseus who is shipwrecked on an island and is faced with a long journey back to his home. Somewhere along the way, Odysseus must face more obstacles and transformations. The one thing that both of these stories have in common is the idea of transformation.