Inhe began publishing extracts from his novel, Amerika ; America, ; better known as Amerika,and The Metamorphosis was written in lateappearing in print in His working career spans only sixteen years, and, when he died in at the age of forty-one, many of his major novels had not been published; his work was little known beyond avant-garde German literary circles. Kafka is now regarded as a central figure in twentieth century literature.
Most of the works of Franz Kafka were published posthumously. The novel deals with the feeling of absurdism. They try to analyze his past behavior and any recent changes and when they could not find any plausible reason behind that, they go into denial. As would be with the works of Albert Camus, it could be like finding reason or meaning in an absurd world.
Kafka describes in detail what it is like to be alienated in society or anywhere where you think you belong to.
After becoming a vermin, Gregor Samsa does not fit into the society and that is why he is kept hidden from everyone. Gregor Samsa tries to see the reason behind all this behavior.
He even wonders why he cannot behave normally with the family even after he is transformed. Why is he not accepted in his present form?
Unknown to a person, he sees the world through his ways of seeing and if somebody is a misfit, then he becomes an object of ridicule.
After becoming a vermin, Gregor Samsa becomes dependent on his members of the family for food and many other things. Unknown to him, his habits and choices have also gone through a change.
Gregor Samsa later comes to term with his new form and tries to learn to use his limbs. It is like coming to a world where all the previous knowledge is useless and a person has to learn everything to survive.
The novel is vivid in the depiction of human feelings of many types - helplessness, frustration, hate, anger, fear and denial. The passages in the novel describing these emotions look so real and sometimes one might wonder whether Kafka himself had gone through all such emotions.
His father wanted him to get involved in the family business but Kafka wanted to be an author.
It can be said that this novel is a story of a struggle for acceptance of a person who has changed without his wish.In The Metamorphosis, Kafka warns that capitalism harbors inevitable changes that will result ultimately in loneliness and horror.
Here is a review. Now an icon of twentieth-century literature, Franz Kafka entered the world in unexceptional circumstances. His father was an ambitious and bullying shopkeeper and his mother was a wealthy brewer’s daughter who married beneath her social rank.
The Metamorphosis is a richly layered and textured story that is open to many interpretations, that is, religious, philosophical, autobiographical, Freudian, and mythical, to name a few.
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Franz Kafka's fiction doesn't make sense. Kafka was no doubt aware of the resulting awkwardness, and perhaps he hoped to hide from future readers when he asked his confidant Max Brod .