Character Analysis Of Franz Kafka And Gregor Samsa Are The Same Person

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Analysis of how Franz Kafka and Gregor Samsa are the Same Person Franz Kafka, a German writer who has one of his best works published, The Metamorphosis, mirrors his personal life and portrays it in his novel. He builds the main character Gregor Samsa through the image of himself. Franz Kafka’s environment influences his style of writing which contains modernism, magic realism and surrealism. Through modernism Kafka is able to express Gregor Samsa’s stream of consciousness, which shows evidence of how Gregor analyzes his life and his surroundings. Magic realism’s power to interpret unrealistic qualities in a modern environment improves understanding of Gregor’s life through contrasting qualities between reality …show more content…
By using different styles and devices throughout his writing, Kafka is able to expose his true emotions on paper which helps to better understand what the main character and the author are trying to portray because of the somewhat realistic events. Nikolova 2 The main literal device used in Kafka’s writing style which helps better understand how Gregor’s life is portrayed is modernism. Gregor has a long stream of consciousness at the beginning of the novel, when he is first transformed into a bug, where instead of him worrying of his supernatural transformation he is focused on his job: “Oh God! What a strenuous career it is that I’ve chosen! Travelling day in and day out. … It can all go to Hell!” (Kafka 9). Franz and Gregor are both pushed by their families to work hard in order to be able to pay off the family’s debt. This puts a lot of pressure on both of them, which isolates them from true living. …show more content…
Kafka wrote in this way to escape from reality. Gregor firstly comprehends his physical appearance at the very beginning of the book, when “One morning, Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin...” (6).This metamorphosis is a representation of the way his family has been treating him his whole life. The Samsas always look down on Gregor as a vermin, someone the family is disgusted by. Turning into a bug is impossible, but the symbolism used throughout the whole text shows effect of how poorly both Gregor and Kafka are looked upon. It interprets well the fact that they are seen as vermins who are only around to do the dirty work and to be used. Another factor that morning is “His room. A proper human room, although a little too small. Lay peacefully between its four familiar walls.” (7). This description from the book proves another unreal element – Gregor remains his regular human size- therefore, there is a human sized bug. The authorial reticence in this passage provides the author’s point of view very smoothly, since there is no large contrast between reality – a normal bedroom, and the magical twist to it – a huge cockroach inhabiting it. Kafka eventually starts seeing himself through the eyes of his family, which eventually leads to

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