Many tear at us from within. In Franz Kafka’s

 

 

 

 

Many individuals experience exceptional changes in their lives endeavoring to make tracks in an opposite direction from their past when they have frequenting memories caused from a devastation or a past relationship. We put forth an admirable attempt to work to change or overlook what has occurred sometime recently, yet it generally appears to come up short in light of the fact that our brains can’t just overlook these occasions that tear and tear at us from within. In Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, Kafka investigates the craziness of life through Gregor’s change as he battles with himself and the outside world around him. In this story Kafka expounds on a fantasy that he had years sooner. He recounts the story similarly as the fantasy happens and demonstrates how one’s inconveniences can drive them so far these impacts will influence the general population who adore them the most. Kafka initially starts his crazy works with parts of dreams or bad dreams that reason him incredible hurt, however influences them to consider and gain from the fantasies’ concealed implications. Kafka’s stories have frequently been contrasted with dreams or bad dreams, however the similarity has from time to time been explained. Dreams and bad dreams speak to foolishness or the farfetched angles and wants of the human personality. Kafka indicates how individuals’ lives can be founded on something totally incredible and not concentrated on any of the real imperative open doors that individuals permit to pass ideal by them. Waking and getting himself powerfully, unmistakably, and disgustingly changed, Gregor demonstrates concern just with the climate, his activity, the prepare he missed, and the best strategy for getting up. As it were, he naturally uproots his consideration on to inessentials, on to remote points of interest of his circumstance, circulating and diminishing his show feeling as needs be. Kafka shows the way the human personality keeps away from the imperative considerations on the off chance that they are harmful or harming to the typical routine of the day by day way of life. Gregor focuses on these small problems instead of the most important problem, that he has been transformed into a measly bug. This extraordinary change begins to affect the ones around him quickly and harshly. Gregor’s family is greatly affected by his metamorphosis and struggles to try and deal with the situation calmly. Each of the family members deals with the situation much differently than the next because each of them looks at the circumstances in different ways. The mother represents the possibility of salvation, in this case salvation from writing. She holds out the hope that Gregor as the monstrous bug, as the distorted metaphor, the unrepresentable can still exercise a useful and helpful activity within the realms of the family and language. She tries to treat Gregor the monster as if he were nothing but her son opposes emptying his room of furniture for fear that he will miss it. However, she cannot bear to look at him, at his monstrosity, cannot bear to see him as he is. Gregor’s mother obviously suffers from Gregor’s transformation and attempts to deal with the situation with the best of her abilities. She only makes Gregor’s attempt to escape worse because it is not working as he planned and he is greatly affected by her disgust of his changes. Gregor’s sister seems to accept his transformation easier than his mother. This is true because his sister is less mature and does not see it as such a tragedy as a more mature adult would. His sister does not realize the reality so she treats him the same as she had before. As the novel progresses, Gregor further troubles his whole family with his new disgusting form. Gregor attempts to become closer with his sister to get a sense of normalcy. “He would never let her out of his room, at least, not so long as he lived; his frightful appearance would become, for the first time, useful to him; he would watch all the doors of his room at once and spit at intruders” (Kafka 131). Gregor is in need of attention or connection with others so desperately that he keeps his sister in his room for long stretches of time. As Kafka says, Gregor’s disgusting features finally become useful to him which shows he is beginning to adapt to his new form. Since his attempts at escaping life failed he has to find new ways to live with what he is given. He is too ugly to be seen in the outside world so he uses his sister to get this so desired connection. Gregor is becoming completely separated from his family. When his cleanliness is gone he begins to feel alone and worthless because he has been rejected by the only people left that love him. These events destroy any chance of Gregor having any happiness when he is surrounded by his confused and hurt family. His father threatens him, then makes him bleed by roughly pushing his through the narrow door to his room and finally permanently cripples him by embedding an apple in his back. The wound in his back prevents Gregor from ever cleaning himself and it deprives him of the only means he had of being presentable to the household. Gregor’s father has betrayed Gregor, making his transformation even more painful and his struggle harder. The family does not know how to react with Gregor’s transformation. His father responds with anger and physically injures Gregor, pushing him further into depression. Pushing Gregor through the narrow doorway symbolizes Gregor being backed into a corner, getting more and more cramped with every hurtful act his family bestows upon him because of the pain his father causes him, Gregor wishes he could get away from everything that causes him hurt, which is the entire world. Through Kafka’s dream we see how his life has been full of struggle with his family and he expresses it through Gregor. He puts Gregor in his own shoes and shows how he is treated and how he feels about it. Now that he has been completely rejected from his family, Gregor has to make a very important decision and the choice he makes may change his life forever. Kafka’s works contain many hidden meanings and links to many occurrences that we would not see every day and he shows how he would deal with them in his writings. This allows our imaginations to have endless ideas about Kafka’s stories. The Metamorphosis reflects this writing style directly. Kafka shows this style for readers to wonder of the absurdities that life brings upon us. It makes the reader think about the circumstances and what they would do if it happened to them. As the novel progresses Kafka begins to explain Gregor’s room to give the reader a good visual display of its layout and everything in his room has significance to the story. Slowly Gregor’s room emerges into view. Gregor’s room shows his containment and it expresses the ways that the outside world seems to tease him more and more until he cannot stand it anymore. The hospital shows where Gregor really should be spending his time instead of staying shut in his room, but his embarrassment is too much for him to overcome and it seems he will never get help. In addition to Gregor’s physical transformation, his personal habits begin to change. Showing that Gregor has actually died inside and the insect is what is left of his soul. He can now only eat decayed food such as human beings find disgusting. “A piece of cheese that Gregor would have called uneatable two days ago” (Kafka 32). He is now less susceptible to pain and injury as he notices with exquisite innocence. When Gregor begins to dislike regular human food and gets a taste for rotting or decaying food, other people would find him to be even more disgusting. He is being rejected more each day because of his different life. The transformation of Gregor Samsa into a monstrous insect is representative in that it is as much a deferral as it is an annunciation of his death. Gregor has not realized it yet, but the transformation has brought death to his true form and has taken over his entire life. This has caused not only his death, but his family’s death as well. Gregor begins to lose control of his self as the torture from his transformation becomes unbearable. He thinks of suicide as an escape. He could end his life at any moment because of the struggles he is put through. When he is seen by the lodgers, they become afraid and leave without paying. Gregor’s family decides he is not Gregor at all, this but something less than human. “Gregor scooted away, stopping only when the father halted, and skittering forward again the instant the father moved. In this way they circled the room several times with nothing decisive happening; in fact, because of its slow tempo, the whole business did not even resemble a chase” (Kafka 163). As Gregor runs away from his problems by trying to escape life itself, by running from his father. Gregor’s father is one of his problems that lead to his hate he has for his entire life. The struggle is too great for him to overcome so he continues to run from his father and his own life. “Gregor is unable to control the punishment; his many legs, wretchedly thin, … dance helplessly before his eyes” (Kafka 117). “If he tried to bend a leg, it first straightened out; and if he finally succeeded in taking charge of it, the other legs meanwhile all kept carrying on, as if emancipated, in extreme and painful agitation” (Kafka 122). This may regret the lack of power Gregor has over his punishment, a fact of every human being’s existence. Try as we may, we cannot control the circumstances under which we are born, and in this life we cannot control other people’s actions. At the end of the novel, Gregor retreats to his room where he struggles to move but fails. He becomes so sad from the comments from his family, he has trouble keeping control of his body. When Gregor begins to lose control he begins thinking about how he can solve his problems and decides that he should not completely give up hope just yet, but his hope is in something most people would not expect. We order our lives in a fashion we are pleased with, but the people around us interfere, and they affect our plans and progress in life. This was certainly the case for Franz Kafka. He wished to write and satisfy the urge he felt to his art. However, his family, especially his father, would interfere.

In Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, he takes his own experiences and shows them through Gregor’s transformation. In this novel he has many hidden truths that readers will find after reading the story several times. With life’s absurd occurrences and experiences, surprises will never be absent from people’s life. These surprises may not always be positive, but everything cannot be to people’s liking. The absurdity of life has endless possibilities that Kafka and many other authors will continue to discover and write about for others to enjoy and learn.

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