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Gregor Samsa is a devoted son working as a traveling salesman, a stressful job he abhors, in order to support his parents and seventeen year old sister, but looks forward to the time when all their debts will be paid so he can finally make a change His many legs, which were pathetically thin.
His many legs, which were pathetically thin compared to the rest of his bulk, flickered helplessly before his eyes. In this weird little story, a whole family undergoes changes that bring about a variety of emotions for the reader.
It left me feeling simultaneously mad and sad. Interesting to note that within his household, Franz Kafka "grew up with feelings of inferiority, guilt, resentment and confinement" Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka ,. Stanley Corngold Translator. He was laying on his hard, as it were armor-plated, back and when he lifted his head a little he could see his domelike brown belly divided into stiff arched segments on top of which the bed quilt could hardly keep in position and was about to slide off completely.
His numerous legs, which were pitifully thin compared to the rest of his bulk, waved helplessly before his eyes. It is the story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetle-like insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man.
A harrowing—though absurdly comic—meditation on human feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and isolation, The Metamorphosis has taken its place as one of the most widely read and influential works of twentieth-century fiction.
Auden wrote, "Kafka is important to us because his predicament is the predicament of modern man. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published March 1st by Bantam Classics first published More Details Original Title.
Gregor Samsa , Grete Samsa , Mr. Samsa , Mrs. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Metamorphosis , please sign up. Can someone tell me the reasons why this book is named The Metamorphosis? What are the reasons behind this name?
I really need it and I wanna know why. Anne-Marie Noble Metamorphosis was first written by Ovid; it's about the changing of gods, demi-gods and heroes. Kaffka as I know wanted to show the 'modern' changin …more Metamorphosis was first written by Ovid; it's about the changing of gods, demi-gods and heroes. Kaffka as I know wanted to show the 'modern' changing of people: if one becomes useless his family will not care about him same things may happen to old and sick people as well.
Is there an official theory about the real meaning of this book? Has F. Kafka ever talked about it? Marie I'll try to answer too, because Franz is also from Czech where he lived but wrote his pieces in German. Franz was a very depressed individual and his …more I'll try to answer too, because Franz is also from Czech where he lived but wrote his pieces in German.
Franz was a very depressed individual and his childhood was hard, somehow it shows how he really felt in this book. His father had very high expectations from him and beat him a lot if he did a little mistake both physically and mentally.
But it didn't mirror his life fully, he did it to break free from the world he lived but always put pieces of himself into the books. You can actually see how he felt smaller and smaller only by looking at the names of the characters. In this book he named the character as "Gregor Samsa", in the Trial his character is only named as "Josef K.
Franz also destroyed a lot of his work already and publishers knew that the work would never be as Franz meant it to be and you can only guess what he meant by the words he wrote. He was also very shy and he wanted to run away every time someone got close to him. He craved attention and romance, but he couldn't do it because his confidence was destroyed and everytime he ran.
But sometimes he couldn't, like the big bug couldn't open the door and leave, he was trapped with the family he knew he disappointed. See all 29 questions about The Metamorphosis…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Metamorphosis. Nov 12, Miranda Reads rated it did not like it. It's me. Your friendly neighborhood reader. You all want to know why people don't like reading the classics?
Try reading the comments. I didn't like this book and wrote a jokey review in People freaked out because A I didn't like the book and B poked fun at this classic in my review. I'm tired. I'm bored. Feel free to talk about my lack of intelligence all you want down below but I literally couldn't care less and I won't be responding.
All you negative people did was convince me that this book was absolute crap and the fanbase is worse. People are not the forgiving sort if you don't like this book. It seems that some classics must be liked, or else. Since publishing this review, many people have posted their interpretations of this book - some of which I can see, some of which I don't buy and some that really are quite brilliant.
They are doomed. Even if the most stunningly accurate interpretation of the novel comes into my life, that doesn't change the fact that I didn't like the book. I'm not a professional. I'm not an English teacher. I have never claimed to be anything other than an avid reader. Just because I'm a "casual" doesn't mean that I'm only going to stick to fluffy novels.
I like to branch out, sometimes with awesome and sometimes with awful results. And this one just didn't work for me. And if there's anything I have picked up from the comments, Kafka was writing a book to make you feel bad.
He was going for that indescribable horror of something just out of reach. I felt that And my review reflects exactly what Kafka was aiming for with a dollop of sarcasm and sass from me on the side. The Original Review - February If you are someone who is looking for a serious interpretation kindly check out another.
There plenty of brilliant interpretations of this novel, and so many people LOVE it. Unfortunately, I did not. I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself.
Allow me to explain it to you then: You Gregor turned into a giant bug. Your family alternated between fearing, caring, and loathing you in your bug-body.
Gregor Samsa is a devoted son working as a traveling salesman, a stressful job he abhors, in order to support his parents and seventeen year old sister, but looks forward to the time when all their debts will be paid so he can finally make a change His many legs, which were pathetically thin. His many legs, which were pathetically thin compared to the rest of his bulk, flickered helplessly before his eyes. In this weird little story, a whole family undergoes changes that bring about a variety of emotions for the reader.
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One of Kafka's best-known works, The Metamorphosis tells the story of salesman Gregor Samsa who wakes one morning to find himself inexplicably transformed into a huge insect German ungeheures Ungeziefer , literally "monstrous vermin" , subsequently struggling to adjust to this new condition. The novella has been widely discussed among literary critics, with differing interpretations being offered. Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning to find himself transformed into a "monstrous vermin". He initially considers the transformation to be temporary and slowly ponders the consequences of this metamorphosis.