Analysis of Major Works
Major Works Data Sheet
|Note: You may download from Edline or email me for a Word version of this sheet. | | |Details of the setting (include changes in setting): | |Author: Franz Kafka |The entirety of the novel takes place within the confines of the | | |Samsa's apartment, save for the final paragraph, where the family | |Date of Publication: 1915 |goes off to country. No location is revealed, all we know is that it | | |is near a hospital and overlooks a busy street. But Kafka confined | |Title: Die Verwandlung (The Metamorphosis) |the action even further, stating that a majority of the action takes | | |place within Gregor's room, described as "a proper human room | | |although a little too small, [laying] peacefully between its four | | |familiar walls" (Kafka 3). The only thing actually described in the | | |room is a framed picture of a woman in furs, described as " a lady | | |fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright, raising a | | |heavy fur muff that covered the whole of her lower arm towards the | | |viewer" (Kafka 3). The other room mentioned is the family room, where| | |Gregor's family spends much of its time. The actual time period is | | |never discussed fiercely, though it can be inferred that it is set in| | |the year is was written: 1915. | |Describe the author’s style: | | | After reading The Metamorphosis, the reader feels an intimate and | | |personal knowledge of Gregor. This is due to Kafka's stream of | | |consciousness style. He writes whatever Gregor is thinking, so we | | |understand Gregor holistically. This goes along with the point of view | | |from which Kafka writes: 3rd Person Limited occasionally slipping into | | |3rd Person Omniscient. This aids the reader in constructing a mental | | |image, because we discover Gregor's world with him. The reader does not| | |know what's causing Gregor to be stuck, until he looks down and sees | | |his legs. | | |Kafka's tone is very...