This a literary analysis on The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka.
Discuss plot, theme/mood, characters, setting.
Also, discuss literary devices the author uses and consider the historical context of the work.
Discuss the symbolism of the apple and violin in the story, As well as the deeper meaning/ concepts of the story, which are- alienation, absurdity, disillusionment, and authoritarianism and how they relate to the author Franz Kafka in real life and the story.
Here are some examples of the deeper meanings/ concepts that should be applied to the paper…
Deeper meanings of “The Metamorphosis”
1. Alienation – He emphasizes on “the alienating experience of modern life”. In a way we’re all alienated. We’re different having different fears, insecurities, goals and ambitions. The soul is alone, and it must seek happiness within itself. Don’t seek or expect comfort in others. Learn to be joyous alone.
2. Absurdity (existentialism) – This is known as absurdity of existence. In philosophy absurdity refers to the human tendency to seek inherent values and meaning of life, but the human inability to find any. In this context absurd doesn’t mean “logically impossible”, but rather “humanly impossible”. Our tendency and inability seem to contradict each other. That’s the root of his philosophy.
3. Authoritarianism – The cruelty and incomprehensibility of authoritarian power has been loathed by Kafka in almost all his works. He argues that the people in power always tend to suppress those who aren’t. This very much happened at his own home, where his authoritative father made rules for Kafka. He had to obey his father blindly without questioning his orders.
4. Disillusionment – It is a feeling of disappointment, much like depression, which arises from the realization that something is not what it was expected or believed to be, possibly accompanied by philosophical angst from having one’s beliefs challenged. And this feeling is rightly portrayed in this nove