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Critical Essay On The Metamorphosis

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This Critical Insight considers the impact Kafka's work has had on the Nobel-Prize Winner, Ellie Wiesel and his Night. Another essay shows quite coherently how The Metamorphosis protagonists' absolutely overmatched, hopeless struggle resembles the plight of homosexuals a la Freud.

Gregor's metamorphosis into a "monstrous vermin," the novella's main conflict, serves as a metaphor for any type of impairment that renders the worker unable to work (4). The specific characteristics of Gregor's insect form are relatively unimportant to the understanding of the class struggle that is taking place. Because of this, the narrator's description of the bug is rather vague. Instead, what the story focuses on is the way in which Gregor's value a laborer diminishes when he is unable to work. After he has lost his value his manager, family and even his life abandon him and leave him to a miserable, solitary death.

Although not as harsh at first, Gregor's mother and sister eventually turn on him also. Grete, his sister, is particularly nice to Gregor directly following the metamorphosis. When, "during the first two weeks, his parents could not bring themselves to come into him," Gregor's sister was the sole visitor of Gregor (31). She brought him food and cleaned his room for him everyday despite being made very uncomfortable by his frightening appearance. Eventually, his mother visited his room as well, to help Grete move the furniture out into the hall. In addition to this, "she begged for Gregor's life" when his father was assaulting him with apples (39). But, as time dragged on without any financial support coming from Gregor, the affection of his mother and sister gradually dwindled down to non-existence. Finally, Grete says to her father, "It has to go," referring to Gregor (52). She has become so indifferent to her brother that she calls him an "it." Then, she says that if the bug was really Gregor, he would have "realized long ago that it isn't possible for human beings to live with such a creature, and he would have gone away of his own free will" (52). Her belief that the bug is not really her brother is obviously explainable by the fact that he is an insect. But, in respect to the metaphor of the story, Gregor ceased to exist as a person when he became unable to work. Because the family's relation was based solely on shared wages, the removal of those wages also removed the relationship. She states that the human thing for the non-working Gregor to do would be to leave the family so that he would not be a financial burden.

The eventual result of Gregor's metamorphosis, and the corresponding inability to labor, was his death. Being unable to feed himself, Gregor's fate was dependent on the charity of his family, which eventually became meager enough that he starved to death. The cleaning lady came upon his corpse one morning and quickly informed the family. Upon hearing the news, they did not show sadness, but instead relief. Mr. Samsa's comment was, "Well... now we can thank God!" (55). He was happy to be freed of the economic burden of supporting his son. Instead of mourning, the family decided to travel to the country to enjoy the warm sunshine. And instead of reminiscing about their lost son, they spoke of the economic benefits of his death and of their future financial plans. Because of his inability to work, Gregor had become worthless to the family and would not be missed. No matter how much they may have loved him while he was an asset, they could not love him while he was a liability. Economics superceded any emotional attachment in the family. As the parents sat on the trolley with their daughter, thinking about her upcoming marriage, they were certainly thinking about the economic benefits that her future husband would bring them. And, although it remains unsaid, we can assume that even though the whole family was sitting so happily on the trolley that afternoon, Grete would be abandoned by her parents, just as Gregor was, if circumstances came up that made her a financial burden instead of an asset.

Gregor is not the only one who went through a transformation in this story. His sister Grete does also. There can be many different ways The Metamorphosis can be interpreted. In this essay, the concept of formalism and the practice of hermeneutics are used to understand this complex literary work. There are important transformations and characterizations that make The Metamorphosis such a suspenseful and dramatic story.

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Humans often seek to improve themselves, whether through self-discipline or through the use of science and technology. At some point in the future, techniques might become available that will change humans to such a degree that they might have to be regarded as something other than human: posthuman. This essay tries to define the point at which such a human-to-posthuman metamorphosis may occur. This is achieved by discerning what is it that makes human substance distinct, i.e. what is the human essence. This is accomplished by examining the features of the human body, looking at the mode of human existence in society and trying to grasp the importance of the body-soul relationship. Throughout the process, humans are compared to animals as well as entities from literature, film, and the gaming world. These are used as case studies to shape and test the ideas developed throughout the essay. This essay's conclusions might become useful when decisions will have to be made as to the legal status of posthumans, by providing a tool for discerning when metamorphosis has occurred. Moreover, insights from this essay might also inform debates surrounding the ethical status of certain modalities of human enhancement.

Overview For the unit on the novella you read Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis and wrote response journal entries for each chapter. Formal writing assignment 3 is a critical thinking and information literacy project that will now require you to locate literary criticism for the tale, analyze it and reflect upon how the criticism has informed your understanding of Kafka's story. Requirements Access Online Sources: To begin, locate two (2) literary criticism essays from Gale's Literature Resource Center Database. The two pieces you pick must represent a different approach to literary criticism.Print the first page of each critical analysis. (These will later be attached to your final paper.)Construct a Works Cited that identifies these sources. Summarize, Analyze and Evaluate (at least 500 words):

NameName of ProfessorLiteratureDateLiterary Criticism AnalysisIn the Metamorphosis, there are quite a number of literary criticism essays written by various authors in this essay, I will locate two criticism essays and represent their different approach to criticism. The overviews are by John Hibberd and Sheldon Goldfarb.Sheldon Goldfarb employs formalist criticism in his critical essay. He focuses on the story of "The Metamorphosis" and analyzes its entire elements, step-by-step. According to Goldfarb, the two most memorable images in "The Metamorphosis" is the first image of Gregor Samsa being transformed into an insect, lying on his back unable to get up; and the second picture is Gregor as an insect, stuck in the bedroom doorway, injured and unable to move until his father shoves him into the bedroom. Goldfarb translates this helplessness as the depiction of helplessness and disgusting nature of the human race; revolting pieces of vermin that are unable to do anything. However, he states that the only problem with this interpretation is that it is only Gregor Samsa who turns into a revolting piece of vermin, no one else. Goldfarb also employs formalist criticism to show how human beings do not love responsibilities. Gregor as a human being was stuck in a job he completely disliked, and had the role of supporting his family to whom he does not even feel close. But as a revolting bug, Gregor had much more fun. And his life seems better than when he was as a human being. He becomes free of his job and family responsibilities. He can sit and play instead of rushing off to work, and now his family takes care of him, not the other way round.John Hibberd uses mainly biographical criticism in his critical essay. He analyzes "The Metamorphosis" by using knowledge of the author's life to gain insight. John states that the basis of the short story can be found in the author's tense relation with his father, and his sense of isolation, guilt, and unjust rejection. Hibberd adds that the role of Gregor's sister can be related to the author's feeling of betrayal by his sister Ottla, his closest family member. Hibberd states that since Kafka, the author, was despairing of his ability to write, he noted that he was only good to be swept up with the household rubbish, and that is the same fate of Gregor.John Hibberd also employs psychological criticism in his critical essay. He states h


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