The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
The Metamorphosis is a novella by Franz Kafka. It is of fiction genre and was first published in 1915. It has been known as one of the most influential works of from 20th C . It is widely studied in colleges and universities across the Europe.
The book story is about a salesman who is travelling. One day he wakes up in his bed and finds himself transformed into a large insect. He soon accepts his new reality but the experience starts turning sour as his family totally abandons him and alienate him from home. They view him as an object of disgrace to the family and they also consider him an outsider. The author has skillfully portrayed the feelings of isolation, guilt and inadequacy.
The change of a human character into an insect and the change of the human attitude along with it complement the title of the book.
The transformation of the attitude of the family depicts the void relations with family but as the story proceeds, the same relations start developing sense of care for each other and start making decision collectively. They start to compromise and initiate to fend for themselves. The decision to kill the unwanted insect bonds them together as a family.
About “Franz Kafka”
Franz Kafka was a German-language novelist and short story writer. He is well known as one of the influential writers of 20th Century. Franz’s work fuses elements of realism and usually features isolated central character facing surrealistic and bizarre predicaments, while fusing inexplicable social-bureaucratic powers with explorative themes involving existential anxiety, guilt, alienation and absurdity.