From both essays, what really stuck out to me the most was at the end of “The Beetle in the Story “the Metamorphosis’”. The author of this essay points out how music was the one thing that “fed” the beetle. When Gregor was the beetle he says the sound of the violins fulfilled an unknown nourishment. The author of the essay points out how this is Kafka showing that music was a big part of his rough childhood by saying that the nourishment the bug felt was the relief that Kafka felt. Right away, I connected the feeling with my life. Going through tough times has always been accompanied by music for me. I am heavily involved in the music program at Springfield. I do chorus, marching band, concert band, and jazz band. Without the four of those together, I would never have been able to make it through high school. I think I am just like Gregor in the sense of music filling people up in a different way than just sound. Music gives me a kind of pleasure that nothing else could ever compare to, and it helps me through life. I’m sure this is exactly how Gregor though. I think the author of the essay was exactly on the dot about his analysis of what the music meant to Gregor and Kafka, and it made me thing more and more about how Kafka and I could be similar. In trying to respond for the next essay I read (“Education for Tragedy” by Walter Sokel) was too hard to figure out to respond to. There were just too many references to other books written by Kafka and how they connected to his life as well. One thing I could respond on his how Kafka seems to channel himself in a lot of his pieces of writing. Again, I can relate this to me because sometimes expressing my feelings is very easy in writing and harder in other ways. Writing poetry is one of my favorite things to do because I don’t have to write directly about my problems but I can allude to them. I think Kafka is doing the same thing in all of his works of writing.
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