Franz Kafka and Ismail Kadare

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Franz Kafka and Ismail Kadare were two of the most extravagant storytellers of modern times. Franz Kafka wrote the short story, The Metamorphosis and Ismail Kadare wrote the novel, Broken April. In these two stories, there is a sense of sadness and darkness that both author’s portrayed in them. The characterization between Gregor (from The Metamorphosis) and Gjorg (from Broken April) were actually similar in comparison. The similarities are isolation, loneliness, and their father figures. Nevertheless, both stories are magnificent to read during spare time. In The Metamorphosis, Gregor lives a melancholy life with his parents and sister. One day Gregor awakes to find that he has been transformed into a bug. A jump through the story, …show more content…
Isolation intertwine the characters, Gregor and Gjorg with each other in the same way but it has different outcomes. In addition, Gregor and Gjorg both contribute from being lonely. This is said because in The Metamorphosis, Gregor feels like his parents don’t even want to be around him. “…he (Gregor) would not be in the mood to bother about his family, he was only filled with rage at the way they were neglecting him…” (pg. 846, Literature Across Cultures: Fourth Edition). In the story, Gregor’s father felt despondent when his son went through a metamorphosis because slowly he was getting a mind set that Grgor would never be normal again. Gregor would be left in his room ,deteriorating, feeling lonely because his family do not want to be around him. Not only does he feel lonely about being trapped in his room but he is afraid to go outside because of the dangers that prowls around out there. Thus, in Broken April, Gjorg found himself alone on the highroad; he felt all hope of ever accomplishing his journey failed within him. This shows that Gjorg is suffering from a lack of hope which is most likely caused by suffering from being alone walking all day. Next, “The emptiness of the road of either side seemed emptier still…”. (pg.53, Kadare). This is a revelation that emptiness is only a symbol of loneliness that the author portrays. Loneliness is defined as simply a feeling that cause depression or other emotional sickness. Gregor and Gjorg