The Metamorphosis notes Essay

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AP/IB English: Major Works Data Sheet
Title: The Metamorphosis
Author: Franz Kafka
Date of Publication:1915
Genre: fiction
Biographical information about the author
1833-1924
Born into a middle class German speaking Jewish family in Prague.
Antagonistic relationship with his father.
Close relationship with sister: Ottla
Sent to German Schools, good academically
Best friend was , Max Brod
Family used him for his money
Had clinical depression, social anxiety mental instability and tuberculosis

Historical information about period of publication
In the time of Kafka the division between Czech and German speaking people in Czechoslovakia was big.
Jewish people did not fit in very well with either of the groups.
All groups
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Shows how Gregor is trying to hold on to the last bit of his humanity, the picture from his past, of a woman.

Shows how isolated Gregor is. Outside it is light but where he is it is dark. Shows themes of dark vs. light and isolation.

His family is so revolted by him, they won’t even have the heart or the stomach to take out the apple that is injuring and hurting him so much. More isolation.

Grete has become a woman, gone through her own metamorphosis thanks to Gregor’s.

Characters (Major and Minor)
Name
Role in story
Significance
Adjectives

Gregor Samsa

Mr. Samsa

Mrs. Samsa

Grete

Office Manager

2nd Cleaning Lady

The Boarders
Turns into cockroach, main character

Gregor’s father

Gregor’s mother

Gregor’s sister

Gregor’s colleague

New cleaning lady for family

Stay in Samsa house
Goes through the metamorphosis, we see how the family goes through it too because of him.

He is not accepting of Gregor in his new form, brutal man, abusive of Gregor before financially.

In the end she is the only one who still loves him, tries to accepts him

Close with Gregor at first, cleans up after him, in the end doesn’t care about him.

Wants to know why Gregor didn’t go to work, afraid of his cockroach self