Week 4: Die Verwandlung (The Metamorphosis)

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The Metamorphosis was originally published in 1915 and is part Kafka’s short story collection.

Gregor Samsa is a salesman working for a company to repay his fathers debt. He lives in a decent flat with his father, mother and sister, Grete. “As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from an uneasy dream, he found himself transformed into a gigantic insect.” With this transformation Gregor is quickly outcast by his family and employer. He implores the chief clerk of his employer to think of his torment favorably when explaining the situation. Gregor is confined to his bedroom and is left to meditate on what will happen.

At first Grete shows a small kindness in attending to Gregor but quickly grows more impatient with the burden and starts to relax her attention out of spite. Gregor’s dream was to send Grete to the conservatory and was to reveal his intention to fund her stay at Christmas.

As time passes Gregor’s needs…

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