Franz Kafka

Topics: The Metamorphosis, Karl Marx, Marxism Pages: 5 (1648 words) Published: October 8, 1999
Franz Kafka was different, a man bent on portraying changes everywhere. Kafka was also a man consumed by death, consumed by the fact that he might eventually die. One man who was greatly affected by his fathers negligence of him, and a social deviance about him which held him back from interaction. Such a man was so afraid about what society thought of his writing, that he never widely published his works, and even asked a friend to burn all manuscripts. Not only was Kafka Jewish, he resented this fact. Once Kafka even stated that “Sometimes I’d like to stuff all Jews (myself included) into a drawer of a laundry basket-then open it to see if they’ve suffocated.” As anyone can see, Kafka was enormously enticed by death, and the fact that he greatly disliked his own cultural status, and even his family. Even though, this man was one accompanied by great wisdom, which was shown in the writing of Metamorphosis. Kafka was a political genius who showed all his political beliefs through his one great work, Metamorphosis. All of the experiences in Kafka’s life are portrayed through Gregor, a person who wished he was dead at the end of Kafka’s words.

Distant from the poor, meager, and mostly un-vivacious reality of life and it’s hardships stands one man, Gregor, a provider of financial resources for his family. Such a young man is making his way in society, and the world in general. Through Gregor’s successes, and his almost workaholic attitude, he has suffered into prospering. Prosperity is an awkward word, for it is one which not only describes a persons wealth, though also his downfalls. The great undoing of prosperity shows itself in Gregor as he becomes a monster, one created by Anti-Marxist society. Since Gregor’s is a society which eventually shuns him, and his great mind for one fact. A fact that I wish to prove, through gazing at the society created in Kafka’s mind. However, a fact that has worth in studying because of it’s multi-faceted grooves and perceptions of society.

In taking a glance at Kafka’s complex society, one must also see his society as an extension of Gregor. A person must first look at the meaning of Gregor’s name in German, and its derivation into English. The name Gregor is closely associated to “Gregariously”, which refers to a sociable and jovial mindset. Gregor is seen as the epitome of sociable, a “traveling salesman”. However, Gregor is one who is “meeting new people all the time, but never forming any lasting friendships that mellow into anything intimate”(118). Through being a traveling salesman, Gregor must be friendly, though his forward happiness seems only a ploy to keep up his gut wrenching work. Gregor’s is only in this business because of a family debt to his boss. Gregor seems trapped in life and is unable to make a “clean break from it”(119). Gregor seems isolated as though only a money maker, unable to really live his life in freedom.

As Gregor’s Metamorphosis begins, it does so “in midi res”. The transformation of Gregor’s body into a “monstrous vermin”(pg.117) is a ploy by Kafka to show that Gregor’s body has been transformed, yet his mind had not changed at all. Still, Gregor was addicted to his work and proudly stated that “I’ll be dressed in a minute, pack up my samples and catch my train”(134). Instead of first thinking of himself, Gregor automatically thinks of his job and how, “I have to take care of my parents and sister”(134). Gregor is unaware that the family and office manager are unable to understand his speech. They stated “Did you understand a single word of that”(130), in order to show the reader that the speech of Gregor had changed, and therefore him as a whole has supposedly changed.

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