The Kafka 's The Metamorphosis Essay

1120 Words Nov 15th, 2016 5 Pages
Religion, or a belief in a higher power, is a tradition and custom that has existed for an inordinate amount of time, existing in many different forms and each form coming with its own practices and beliefs. Religion is meant to bring the practicer peace, however, not all religions have coexisted peacefully throughout time. People have been persecuted, beaten and even killed for simply practicing their religion and believing in their form of a higher being, or beings. In the works The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and Zaabalawi by Naguib Mahfouz, both authors examine their own religions and how their people were persecuted. Kafka, a German-Jew, despite living in a pre-Holocaust Germany, was highly aware of the religious persecution that had existed against his people for many years, and it shows in his work. Mahfouz, on the other hand, lived through both religious and cultural oppression under the British colonial rule in his home country of Egypt. Mahfouz’s work depicts the struggle to keep faith through adversity. In Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and Mahfouz’s Zaabalawi, the authors reveal how religious persecution affected different peoples across different landscapes and through different time periods through the use of allegories and language choice. In Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, the reader learns in the opening sentence that the main character, Gregor Samsa, has woken up to discover that he was now a giant cockroach. Apart from this aspect of the story, the rest of the…

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