Essay on Metamorphosis

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Metamorphosis In the short story, Metamorphosis, the narrator describes Gregor’s new life as an insect. He then goes on to describe Gregor’s sister, Grete, with a reflection of Gregor’s opinion in the description. Kafka employs a number of stylistic devices including descriptive imagery, metaphors, and symbolism in the passage to describe the situation. While these devices on their own just provide a more complex method of painting the situation, the way they are assembled in the passage serves to depict a comparison of power between Gregor and Grete. The creation of such a multifaceted evaluation further increases the reader’s sympathy towards Gregor’s situation. Firstly, Gregor is characterized with many literary…show more content…
This contrast is the most powerful symbol of his power after the metamorphosis, and provides the reader with a vivid image of Gregor’s situation. His description of his lack of power is further supported by his inability to convey his dissatisfaction with the way Grete enters the room. This builds up the sympathy for Gregor by, in effect, comparing him to a handicapped person. In addition his action of adapting to the circumstances by hiding under the sofa when she comes in symbolizes his primitive instinct is still with him, and he is not completely handicapped. In the same manner, Grete possesses many literary devices that characterize her. Gregor, as explained before, has no freedom in his life beyond his room, in contrast, the liberty to come and go is exercised by Grete every day, through the description of her chores in Gregor’s room. The tone that one gets from reading the line, “without even time to shut the door,” is rushed, hasty, and inconsiderate. By portraying this characteristic about Grete, Gregor’s pessimistic attitude becomes quite evident, enlightening the reader on the psychological changes going on in his head and allowing for a broader understanding of his psyche. Gregor’s
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