An Analysis of Kafka's Metamorphosis

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It's an Analysis of Kafka's Metamorphosis.

Kafka is a prolific writer and is regarded as an early writer of existentialism and its ensuing character of angst.

Let me brief you with the story and how it goes. One, early morning, when the salesman Gregor Samsa wakes up, to his surprise he finds himself to be transformed into a gigantic insect. And it’s early morning, and he has to go to work. When he is not time, an officer comes to find out what happened. The parents and sister are worried as he is the sole provider of the household.

The major themes through which Kafka’s literary oeuvre can analyzed are lethargy, nausea, anxiety.

The first that creeps up is lethargy or boredom. Kafka becomes fed up with the day routine of life. The familiar surroundings of his house, room are all appearing to be an irritating symptom of the mind. Yes, Kafka is a visionary that mankind has failed to understand. Kafka is at a loss to speak as his voice transforms into an insect squeak. There is no room for Kafka to explore the realms of an aesthetic consciousness. The morbidity of life is an affected ailment. We have to ask whether Kafka is fed up with the identity of his own body. He is living in a Waste Land as proposed in Eliot’s poem. In the metamorphosis, life is meaningless and harsh and caricatures the sensitivity of an affected soul. Life is a tempted poison drowning itself into a  sea that itself is polluted. The charisma to live life to the fullest is shadowed into a dark eclipse, into a stream where there is no hope. Kafka was sinking into a political and cultural dystopia and could not emerge from his self-created literary black hole.

The second theme of Metamorphosis is nausea or angst. The famous philosopher Schopenhauer said: ‘the will to live or the will to die’. The will of the writer is drowning in the personification of consciousness. It’s through the transformation of the body into an insect that Kafka epitomizes the negativity of the soul. Is the writer’s body an unrequited fountain of love?  Throughout the career of the writer, Kafka had troubled feelings with the father. Is he a being with narcissistic delusions of an oedipal conflict? Is the angst a plague to disguise the hidden existential trauma in the mind of the writer? The Metamorphosis as a grandeur oeuvre is caught up in the narratives of guilt and shame. The being is a fictional self, warped, caught up in the anthropic dilemma which poses questions that cannot be proved or answered.

To conclude: Kafka is a metaphoric self of our being, our travails, or defeats, our isolations which make us humanely imperfect.  

 
 


Submitted: January 12, 2021

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