Learning from Myths and Metaphors
Chapter 3. Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and the Challenge of Relating to Strangers
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KAFKA’S THE METAMORPHOSIS AND THE CHALLENGE OF RELATING TO STRANGERS
Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis is the story of Gregor Samsa, the traveling salesman who wakes up one morning from a disturbing dream and finds himself transformed into a gigantic insect. The cause of Samsa’s transformation is never revealed in this story, and Kafka himself never gave an explanation. Kafka’s novella depicts Gregor’s attempts to adjust to his new condition as he deals with being burdensome to his parents and his sister Grete, who are repulsed by the horrible, verminous creature Gregor has become. Written in 1912, The Metamorphosis is divided into three parts, which generally correspond to the changes in how the insect Gregor is treated by his family.
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