Analysis Of Kafka 's ' The Transformation ' And The Judgment '

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In one of his letters to longtime friend Max Brod, Franz Kafka stated, “I usually solve problems by letting them devour me.” Perhaps it is from this close examination and complete immersion into the issues of his own life that such brilliant writing emerges. In writing, Kafka is able to express what he repressed in his life—specifically his difficulties with his father, through the themes of gender and patriarchal power derived from one’s sexuality. In “The Transformation” and “The Judgment”, Kafka explores the difficulties within the role of the family patriarch, from troubles in obtaining unwanted power to legitimately being empowered. Kafka’s “The Transformation” begins with, “When Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from troubled dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous insect” (Kafka 76). The latter is stated simply, as if Gregor’s transformation into an insect is nothing more than an ordinary event of the day’s happenings. But as Gregor continues his life in this new form, it seems that in his bodily cage of an insect he finds freedom from the familial responsibilities of the human world. Within the exposition of the plot it is made evident that Gregor’s family is completely dependent on him. Gregor states, “If I didn’t have to hold back for the sake of my parents I’d have handed in my notice long since…once I’ve got the money together to pay back what my parents owe him…I’ll make a clean break” (77). Because of his parents’ debt, Gregor is

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