Kafka, Franz - The Metamorphosis and Other Stories Lecture On 'The Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka Lektüreschlüssel: Franz Kafka - Die Verwandlung. Die Verwandlung/The Metamorphosis – Bilingual edition German/English – Doppeltext. FERNANDO BERMEJO-RUBIO Convergent Literary Echoes in Kafka's Die Verwandlung. What Intertextuality Tells Us about Gregor Samsa For Samaneh.
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In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Franz Kafka's Die Verwandlung:Transformation, Metaphor, and the Perils of Assimilation Simon Ryan Kafka's Die Verwandlung is the story of a son whose transformation into a repulsive, inhuman, and steadily weakening body marks his banishment from society and from the family he loves. In the course of the narrative Gregor Samsa follows an increasingly inevitable path towards extinction, a death that this unlucky son himself eventually agrees has become necessary. Further, it is the story of a son whose language has become incomprehensible. As this article will argue, Gregor's voice, now an unintelligible squeak, is like Kafka's Jewish voice, both heard and overheard in critical readings and finally ignored because the new code in which it is embedded ultimately falls on deaf ears. Since Kafka's story has wandered a long way from its original home in a Czech-Jewish minority culture.
Gregor happily eats the rotten food and leaves the fresh food untouched. This begins a routine in which his sister feeds him and cleans up while he hides under the couch, afraid that his appearance will frighten her. Gregor spends his time listening through the wall to his family members talking. They often discuss the difficult financial situation they find themselves in now that Gregor can't provide them any help.
Gregor had plans of sending Grete to the conservatory to pursue violin lessons, something everyone else—including Grete—considered a dream. His inability to provide for his family, coupled with his speechlessness, greatly reduce his thought processes. Gregor also learns that his mother wants to visit him, but his sister and father will not let her.
Gregor grows more comfortable with his changed body. He begins climbing the walls and ceiling for amusement. Discovering Gregor's new pastime, Grete decides to remove some of the furniture to give Gregor more space.
She and her mother begin taking furniture away, but Gregor finds their actions deeply distressing. He tries to save a picture on the wall of a woman wearing a fur hat, fur scarf, and fur muff. Gregor's mother sees him hanging on the wall and passes out.
Grete angrily calls out to Gregor—the first time anyone has spoken directly to him since his transformation. Gregor runs out of the room and into the kitchen.
He encounters his father, who has just returned home from work. The father throws apples at Gregor, and one of them sinks into a sensitive spot in his back and remains lodged there, paralyzing his movements for a month and damaging him permanently. Gregor manages to get back into his bedroom but is severely injured.
Part III[ edit ] One evening, the cleaning lady leaves Gregor's door open while three lodgers, whom the family has taken on for additional income, lounge about the living room. Grete has been asked to play the violin for them, and Gregor—who usually takes care to avoid crossing paths with anyone in the flat—creeps out of his bedroom to listen in the midst of his depression and resultant detachment.
The lodgers, who initially seemed interested in Grete, grow bored with her performance, but Gregor is transfixed by it. One of the lodgers spots Gregor, and the rest become alarmed. Gregor's father tries to shove the lodgers back into their rooms, but the three men protest and announce that they will move out immediately without paying rent because of the disgusting conditions in the apartment. Grete, who has by now become tired of taking care of Gregor and is realizing the burden his existence puts on each one in the family, tells her parents they must get rid of Gregor, or they will all be ruined.
Her father agrees, wishing Gregor could understand them and would leave of his own accord. Gregor does, in fact, understand and slowly moves back to the bedroom. There, determined to rid his family of his presence, Gregor dies from starvation, because he was so depressed he refused to eat.
Upon discovering Gregor is dead, the family feels a great sense of relief.
The father kicks out the boarders and decides to fire the cleaning lady, who has disposed of Gregor's body.
The family takes a trolley ride out to the countryside, during which they consider their finances. They decide to move to a smaller apartment to further save money, an act they were unable to carry out in Gregor's presence. During this short trip, Mr. Samsa realize that, in spite of going through hardships which have brought an amount of paleness to her face, Grete appears to have grown up into a pretty and well-figured lady, which leads her parents to think about finding her a husband.
Gregor Samsa[ edit ] "Gregor Samsa" redirects here. For other uses, see Gregor Samsa disambiguation.
Gregor is the main character of the story. He works as a traveling salesman in order to provide money for his sister and parents. He wakes up one morning finding himself transformed into an insect. After the metamorphosis, Gregor becomes unable to work and is confined to his room for most of the remainder of the story. This prompts his family to begin working once again.
Gregor is depicted as isolated from society and often misunderstands the true intentions of others. The name "Gregor Samsa" appears to derive partly from literary works Kafka had read. A conspicuous factor was undoubtedly the victimisation of Jews in his own lifetime. See, e. Sander L. In this sense, Gregor represents an alter ego in which Kafka has embodied his own weakness and feelings of guilt. Although J. Gross [eds.
Werner Hoffmann, Kafkas Aphorismen, Bern , The brief and hesitating theologically-oriented comment by this author does not explain anything. The lack of any reference to this aphorism in the general comments provided by Roberto Calasso Aforismi di Zur au, Milano suggests that this writer has not the slightest idea about its meaning.
In fact, throughout the text Gregor is sometimes designated with the neuter pronoun, but most frequently with the masculine pronoun. As far as the use of the distinct pronouns implies a completely different view of Gregor, these changes represent a further conflict. Neue Einblicke nach einhundert Jahren, Berlin , — According both to Max Brod and Kafka himself, when the writer read the story for his friends, they all laughed heartily; see Franz Kafka, Briefe an Felice und andere Korrespondenz aus der Verlobungszeit, Frankurt a.
Let us notice that, when Kafka tried to publish his novella in the Neue Rundschau in , he was asked by Oskar Bie or Samuel Fischer to abridge it. This betrayal is supported by legions of literary critics; see e.
Nabokov note , — The same could be said, however, about the alleged relationship between Die Verwandlung and the animal stories by the Danish writer Johannes V. Jensen pace Binder [note 3], 60— See Ruth K. Mark M. Later, in A Thousand Plateaus , Deleuze and Guattari laid the theoretical groundwork for a future reading of the text's commercial-traveller insect body as the enunciation of a machinic and collective assemblage.
This concept enables an enquiry into the way the fictional transformation of the body in Die Verwandlung refracts both the social transmission of order-words mots d'ordre pertaining to the male Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.
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