The Metamorphosis

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Chapter Analysis

The best-known work in Kafka's oeuvre, The Metamorphosis details Gregor Samsa's alienation from his family, his society, and ultimately his very self. Yet Kafka gives away the "punchline" in the very first sentence; how does this master writer build tension and suspense in the three short chapters of this novella? What role does Gregor's family play as he settles into his new life as an "ungezeifer"? What conventions of absurdism does Kafka harness in order to relay his story, and what is their effect?

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General Analysis

This tale of fathers and sons, alienation and sacrifice, finds rich and extensive parallels in Franz Kafka's life. In what ways does The Metamorphosis echo Kafka's fraught relationship with his own father? How might we read Gregor's alienation in light of Kafka's status as a Jewish "Other" in late 19th and early 20th-century European society? Can Gregor be read as a Christological figure? What role do alienation, isolation, and arrested development play in this story? And why does a surreal and translated story about a man turned into a giant "ungezeifer" continue to find resonance in today's English classrooms?

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