Franz Kafka 's The Metamorphosis Essay

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In my IB English class, we are studying Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, in which the main character, Gregor Samsa awakes one morning “from agitated dreams” and finds “himself, in his bed, transformed into a monstrous vermin” (Kafka 1). In the first pages, as Gregor contemplates his reformation personally before revealing himself to his family and boss outside his door, the fact that he has transformed into a bug remains known solely to himself, therefore existing as personal knowledge. In this case, one could argue that, because no one else has yet viewed his condition with their own eyes, his new bug body is not supported by shared knowledge, and is therefore simply a belief….Maybe he is even dreaming. If no one else has witnessed Gregor’s new body, is his personal “belief” true? This calls to question what verifies a belief. Can a belief based on personal knowledge (such as the state of Gregor’s new body) be true if evidence based on shared knowledge does not exist? The Metamorphosis, notably, progresses without revealing the reason that or process by which Gregor experienced his reformation. In this case, although his situation is shared with his family and becomes shared knowledge, no credible explanation is given as to how he changed. Is simply seeing his new body enough proof that he has changed if no scientific explanation for the change exists? One can ask, as in this prompt, what makes evidence “strong;” but, I believe, before this question can be answered, we must…

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