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The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis

  

by Franz Kafka

The Metamorphosis Themes

The Metamorphosis Themes

Man and the Natural World

If human beings are different from animals because they have the capacity for thought, language, and social feeling, how do we categorize Gregor, who seems to exhibit all of these human capacities....

Life, Consciousness, and Existence

Much of The Metamorphosis is spent in Gregor's head as he struggles to come to terms with his new form. (We would make a "bugging out" pun here, but we're going to stay classy.)At times he seems to...

Morality and Ethics

Forgive the short dip into Philosophy 101 here, but we promise—it'll pay off in the end.A major German Enlightenment philosopher by the name of Immanuel Kant came up with the ethical principle th...

Transformation

Presto-change-o: by starting out with Gregor's metamorphosis into a bug, The Metamorphosis plays around with some interesting questions as to the significance of transformation. Also, Gregor seems...

Identity

It's hard to think of a more upsetting identity crisis.Gregor's transformation into a giant bug touches on larger issues of identity for himself and his family. One way of approaching the identity...

Isolation

Early in The Metamorphosis, we learn that Gregor wishes to quit his job and be free of his family obligations. Be careful what you wish for.Being turned into a bug takes care of this problem for Gr...

Family

Kafka's The Metamorphosis toys with the traditional family structure where the father is at the head of the household and the son is a bug. Oh. Wait.The story begins with Gregor, the son, as the so...

Society and Class

Kafka's stories are known for their exploration of the nightmare of bureaucracy and the dehumanizing effects of modern life—all of those things we think of when we use the term "Kafkaesque." Ever...

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