Analysis Of Franz Kafka 's The Metamorphosis

Good Essays

Writing and literature is seen as a way for the author to freely express his or her ideas to the public. In writing, the author has control of every aspect of their work and allows for the writer, no matter the world state, a sense of freedom inside their work. The 20th century, battered by economic depression and two world wars, saw these writers take their creative control to emphasize the current state of the freedom and control of the individual. Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, various World War I poems, and Brecht’s Fear and Misery of the Third Reich show the lack of individual freedom and control that people had over their lives during the destruction that occurred in the 20th century. Published in 1915, Franz Kafka wasted no time in starting his discussion about freedom and control through the life of Gregor. After he awakes and realizes he has transformed, Gregor begins speaking negatively about his job as a traveling salesman (Meta. 11-12). He hated his job, but could not afford to quit because he was the major provider for his family. Gregor did not have control over his occupation because of his family’s need and the capitalistic state. During the 20th century industrialization was still rising and although factories did not provide the safest conditions, people had to take any job they could to help the family make ends meet. Like Gregor, people did not necessarily have the freedom or control to choose their occupation. They simply took what they could get

Get Access