The psychoanalytical work of
Done by Tania Al-abdallah
The metamorphosis by Franz Kafka is a short story that is filled with a lot of ideas to analyze and criticize, and that could be looked at from a lot of point of views.
The story is about a man named Gregor Samsa, who works as a salesman in order to support his parents and his sister, also to pay off his father’s dept. the story begins when he wakes up in one morning late for work, and finds himself transformed into a giant insect. For the months to come his family starts caring for him until eventually he dies, and surprisingly his family seems happy about it.
Now there are a lot of ways to look at this story. As a starter Gregor’s transformation seems unrealistic and hard to believe, and for a person who wakes up to find himself transformed into a giant bug, he doesn’t seem quite concerned with that, but worries about being late for work. This sign alone shows you how much Gregor cares for his family and not himself, making you believe that he is very much selfless and the way he would go to extremes to help his family. But when he is transformed into a bug he is no longer able to take care of them, on the contrary they start taking care of him.
Some critics say that he was a bug all along (metaphorically speaking) like ants and bees they only work and do nothing but work for the sake of the queen bee or ant. Through out the years he has been working for his family and doing nothing for himself and all this time he has been transforming into a bug who just works for her queen, until one day he wakes up and sees what he has really become, simply an insect and that’s when he decides to stop, becoming a burden on them.
I don’t quite agree with this analyzing. My point of view is quite different.
I think that Gregor was indeed working...
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