Essay on The Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka

1086 Words May 3rd, 2015 5 Pages
Imagine waking up one day and not being able to get up due to the fact that your heavy back and pitifully skinny legs made it impossible to do so. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka tells the story of just that; Gregor Samsa wakes up from troubled dreams and finds himself transformed into a horrible vermin! Throughout the story, his family slowly but surely forgets that although he is now an insect, he is still Gregor on the inside of his new bug body. Symbols seem to play a huge role in this story as they display what Kafka was really trying to say in his writing; they reveal the theme in ways that he can relate to. In the Metamorphosis, Kafka reveals the true meaning of his work through the use of three main symbols: the picture of the woman in furs, food, and Gregors father’s uniform. The picture of the woman on the wall is very important as it symbolizes Gregor’s past and his former sense of humanity. He says, “…not knowing what he should save first before his attention was suddenly caught by the picture on the wall – which was already denuded of everything else that had been on it – of the lady dressed in copious fur” (11), which shows how he clings to the picture over anything else in his room due to his desperation to find something to save before Grete and his mother removed everything. He sees it as the one thing from his former life as a human that he can save. Another important quote is, “He hurried up onto the picture and pressed himself against the glass, it…

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