Great Influence Of Franz Kafka 's The Metamorphosis

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Greatest Influence of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis has drawn readers to it’s pages for decades by the strong pull of an atypical beginning and deadly love story. While Harriet L. Parmet’s critical essay The Jewish Essence of Franz Kafka, of The Metamorphosis, relies on Kafka’s religious and parental struggles, and Peter F. Neumeyer’s essay Franz Kafka and England focuses on love and relationships, it is apparent that both topics were big influences in the author’s life. Growing up it is evident that Kafka experienced many troubles, some of which being religious, parental, and socially centered. After careful analysis of his work, both Paremt and Neumeyer take a stance in the discussion of exactly which influences impact Kafka the most and ultimately make their way onto the pages of the strange work of fiction The Metamorphosis.

Harriet L. Parmet joins the discussion in her essay The Jewish Essence of Franz Kafka, the main focus of the essay is based upon Kafka’s religious influences as a boy and how they make their way into The Metamorphosis. Parmet immediately states that, “Had Franz Kafka not been born and reared a Jew, he would not have been Kafka, any more than James Joyce reared among the Zulus could have written A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” (Parmet 28). She carries on to relate his religious struggles to his father, Hermann Kafka. She gives evidence from the Letter to His Father such as, “As a child I reproached

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