The Metamorphosis

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Beveridge, A. (2009). Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Advances in psychiatric treatment, 15(6), 459-461. This brief article is written from the psychiatric perspective, pointing out that Kafka has always been of great interest to the psychoanalytic community; this is because his writings have so skillfully depicted alienation, unresolved oedipal issues, and the schizoid personality disorder and The Metamorphosis is no exception to this rule. While this writer tends to think that psychiatrists should read The Metamorphosis, many probably have not, and this paper serves as an excellent introduction to the work, from the perspective that the psychiatrists would value. This is not to say that Gregor Samsa is likely to appear on any…show more content…
Johnson provides a brief account of the novella 's plot, together with his own perspective on the fact that so much of literature and literary analysis concentrates on the relationships that the characters have. In this case, the author examines the family as composed of children of ineffectual parents. While this writer does not know this with certainty, it is possible that many cases requiring family therapy are due to this very cause. The author then goes on to discuss the family in the context of the greater social system. Gregor clings to the belief that somehow, he will return to his old travelling salesman self, but ultimately, it is because of what his transformation does to his family economically and socially that he makes the conscious choice to refuse to eat; as Johnson points out, many eating disorders are an unconscious demand for the emotional sustenance within the family that has been denied. Thus, Gregor makes the ultimate sacrifice, but it is only through such a sacrifice that the family will survive as a unit and it is an easy, but appropriate interpretation to read Gregor 's death as the rebirth of the Samsa family. The analysis itself is clear and concise and the author uses good evidence, both from the novella and the literature of his field. This is not for the literary scholar, but like Beveridge (2009) it is intended for practitioners in other fields. This does not mean that anyone
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