Also both men are guilty:
Thus, Kafka, in Metamorphosis, puts into the realistic, prosaic environment of the Samsa household a situation that is, to put it mildly, unrealistic: To read allegory is simply to "probe" this field of meaning.
We can probe it only if we momentarily put aside the unreality which creates the field and measure the extra values given the realistic elements. By reading them imaginatively, we can understand the nature of the field; only then can we turn back to and understand the unreal element that created the field.
If we look first at the unrealistic elements, there is a danger that we will be dazzled and see no more, as in the usual crude reading of Metamorphosis: Samsa is a cockroach, Samsa equals Kafka, Kafka thinks of himself as cockroach, and so on.
Looking first at the realistic elements and their extra values avoids a second danger in reading allegory: For fully the first sixth of the story Gregor An analysis of the metamorphosis through exactly the kind of internal monologue any of us might if we had caught a discomforting, but not disabling, cold.
To hell with it all! Gregor, a traveling salesman who sells cloth, says of his boss: Still, all hope is not lost; once I have got together the money my parents owe him—that will be in about five or six years—I shall certainly do it.
Why was Gregor, particularly, condemned to work for a firm where the worst was suspected at the slightest inadvertence of the employees? Were the employees, without exception, all scoundrels?
Was there among their number not one devoted faithful servant, who, if it did so happen that by chance he missed a few hours work one morning might have found himself so numbed with remorse that he just could not leave his bed?
He seemed satisfied, however, and the two women, who had been anxiously watching, gave each other a smile of relief. Indeed, the reference to the high desk echoes the Old Testament metaphor of the God "most high" who yet can "hear" us: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear" Is.
Read this way, the debt that Gregor assumed for his parents and must pay resembles original sin. Only after he has expiated the sin-debt can he "take the big step" toward freedom.
The description of the "firm," with its atmosphere of universal guilt and punishment, also hints at original sin: Gregor and his fellow-workers are treated like the evil servant whose lord "shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, and shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: Gregor is indeed cut off from men; he gets his "portion" of garbage from his hypocritical family, and one evening when he eavesdrops on the three lodgers eating: The fact that employers come in threes after the metamorphosis hints at a shift from Old Testament to New like that of "In the Penal Colony"; more immediately, however, it suggests that each member of the family has to take up a share of the burden of subservience that Gregor had borne alone before.
Thus, Gregor had proudly brought home cash as a traveling salesman for a cloth concern. His job is now broken into its separate components.
His father goes to work for a bank: His mother deals with the cloth, "the linen of strangers. The entire section is 3, words.A summary of Part 1 in Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis.
Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of The Metamorphosis and what it means. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. Oct 12, · The Metamorphosis of Gregor was not surprising, meaning that it was possible and anticipated and there were indications for it prior to its happening, and the metaphor of the metamorphosis here is the key to understanding how the family reacted in that sense.
The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka. See also Franz Kafka Short Story Criticism and "A Hunger Artist" Criticism.. The Metamorphosis is one of the most frequently analyzed works in literature. This. The story of The Metamorphosis is one that is very subtle and very delicate.
Kafka wrote in a fashion that would allow a reader to interpret the story in a way that may be different each time it is read. 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. Need help with Section 1 in Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis?
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