Change In Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis And The Wind Of Change

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Change is the transformation from one thing to another. A famous proverb in China states that, "When the wind of change blows, some build walls while others build windmills." This quote exemplifies the different reactions of people when encountered by a new experience. In the book, The Lord of the Flies, William Golding illustrates the flaws of a society when the characters stumble upon the wraths of nature and change themselves. In addition, the novella, Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, represents the alteration in a lifestyle when a hardworking man wakes up and discovers that his life turns around when he morphs into a vermin. Both pieces of literature are prime examples that demonstrate the tribulations that procure with change. According to …show more content…
In Metamorphosis, Kafka depicts change as an annoying obstacle that should be evaded. The man character, Gregor Samsa spends his days as a salesperson to repay his parent 's debt to his boss. He is a dedicated and selfless worker and the author shows that he is compassionate to his loved ones such as his family even though he loathes his career. In the passage it states, "What a strenuous career that it is that I 've have chosen! Traveling day in and day out. Doing business like this takes much more effort than doing your own business at home and on top of that there 's the curse of travelling, worries about making train connections, bad and irregular food"(Kafka,2). Gregor tries to make his parents live a less stressful life and motivates himself to continue through the belief that he is helping his parents out. He even thinks that they have the same love when his mother offered to get a doctor and the father asks to get a locksmith to open Gregor 's door in his room. However, the true metamorphosis reveals when Gregor is ready to open his door to show his parents what he looks like. His mother faints and his father clenches his fist. The parents ' reaction is the major change that Kafka wanted to highlight. Since Gregor is a bug, there is nobody to help aid his parents in paying their debt. Gregor was their only chance to pay the …show more content…
In the poem "Magic Island" by Cathy Song, a family that emigrated from a foreign country enjoys the wonders and pleasure in conforming into society. The author uses a nonchalant tone to make to readers know that the family feels secure and happy. The family goes to a beach and seems to enjoy the tranquility of knowing that their worries are all behind them because they changed their lifestyle for the better. In the poem, the author shows this easygoingness as stated, "At this moment in his life / with the sun sifting through / the leaves in panes of light / he can easily say he loves his wife"(14-19). This exhibits a chance for the family to express their feelings which would not have been attainable unless if they transferred to a peaceful way of life. However, the family is wary that change will wash away all the hard work that leads them to take pleasure in their new life. In the last lines of the poem, Song writes, "Suspicious of so much sunshine, they keep expecting rain"(49-50). Their family is appreciative of their good fortune but they are wise to prevent the peril blind the problems that awaits them in the future. Song believes that change can have its benefits however; overall, change can always create havoc when good things

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