Metamorphosis by Frank Kafka

875 WordsJan 26, 20184 Pages
Frank Kafka’s short story Metamorphosis involves an element of horror derived from the unchallenged acceptance provided by everyone, including Gregor himself to his transformation into a vermin- cockroach. Kafka, renowned for his surrealism, tries to create a universe where a seemingly unrealistic reality containing chaos, corruption and immorality, is in fact reality, and an actually consistent perception of the truly horrid nature of human existence under the influence of society. Set against the backdrop of truly unnatural and surreal circumstance, Kafka explores the prospect of human sympathy; and to what extent sympathy actually exists between humans than simply on the mere countenance of men. In Metamorphosis, Kafka especially elucidates the unprincipled, unpleasant nature behind the ideology of a society overruled by a capitalist mindset, completely preoccupied with work and giving little regard for one’s own nature of existence. And when Gregor dies, the readers might be prompted to feel that there is no resolution to life. Grete, who is the loving, caring and idyllic sister of Gregor initially expresses pity and concern for the character of her cockroach brother, who is although hideous and seemingly not requiring human affection on the outside. However, throughout the happenings of the plot, this compassion gradually diminishes, having been overwhelmed by other lurking emotions of possessiveness and resentfulness, which hold greater place in her developing mind-
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