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The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis

  

by Franz Kafka

The Metamorphosis Analysis

Literary Devices in The Metamorphosis

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

You could say the entire story is an allegory. After all, the setting seems so ordinary that it's tempting to see Gregor's transformation as a symbolic one, rather than an actual one. Maybe he's on...

Setting

You may have experienced cabin fever of sorts during the last Snowpocalypse or hideous heatwave. But at least you've never been stuck in an apartment for months on end imprisoned in the body of a g...

Narrator Point of View

The only thing more alienating than being stuck in Kafka's head is being stuck in the head of one of his characters. But he's such a brilliant weirdo that we just keep on reading. This story is mai...

Genre

Unfortunately "stories that make you totally afraid of being suddenly transformed into an cockroach" is not actually a real genre. We checked.Written in 1912 and published in 1915, Kafka's Metamorp...

Tone

We know. We know. If we were to wake up and find ourselves transformed into The World's Largest Beetle (or if we found out that a family member got bug-ified), we wouldn't be dispassionate. We'd be...

Writing Style

Yes, we're aware that calling Kafka "sophisticated" and "ironic" at the same time makes him sound like he's somehow wearing a monocle, a dinner jacket, an 80's wolf-howling-at-moon t-shirt and some...

What's Up With the Title?

When you hear the word "metamorphosis" your first thought is probably "Aww, a lil' caterpillar turning into a majestic butterfly!"Not quite what Kafka had in mind.The conventional translation of Ka...

What's Up With the Ending?

Spoiler: the bug bites it.For a story with such a sensational beginning, Kafka's Metamorphosis ends with a relative whimper (just like the world, according to T.S. Eliot). After all the hijinks, yo...

Tough-o-Meter

Kafka's story is a relatively easy read (and darkly hilarious to boot). There aren't any hard to understand philosophical passages or confusing plot twists. But we're giving the story a "5" because...

Plot Analysis

Gregor wakes up one morning and finds himself turned into a bug.It seems odd to begin a story with what should be the ending. After all, all kinds of questions are probably swimming in your head....

Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis

Gregor wakes up to discover he's a bug.You're probably glancing at the rest of the plot analysis thinking that maybe Kafka's skipped ahead a couple of stages. Being a disgusting insect could very...

Three Act Plot Analysis

Gregor wakes up one morning and discovers that he's been turned into a bug. His family and acquaintances are shocked and repulsed.The family adjusts to life with Gregor, who remains confined to h...

Trivia

The Metamorphosis was a big hit when Kafka read the story out loud to his buddies in Prague. He had to keep pausing in order to give everyone a chance to stop laughing. (Source)Kafka's typical day...

Steaminess Rating

Guys. Guys. If you came to The Metamorphosis looking for Fifty Shades of Sexcapades, we're really sorry. We're also a little worried about you—you feeling okay?There isn't any bodice-ripping here...

Allusions

Jakob Wasserman, The Story of Young Renate Fuchs (1.1)Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Venus in Furs (1.2)

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