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January 13, 2011 Metamorphosis The transformation - “One morning when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams , he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin…” – what were the dreams? - The amount of indifference towards his transformation (that indifference is as striking as his transformation) – why is he so indifferent? (he was already ill at ease at his body, so it isn’t a qualitative difference, but a quantitative one; he does not have an abhorrence to his body like his family did because he (Kafka) was already unhappy with his first one) - When he notices his loss of voice (p.3) he was shocked and upset (already unhappy with his human body, but his voice was perfectly fine and important so to lose it…) Zionism , Herzl founded – called for diasporas Jews of Europe, so to have a land of their own; first Jewish conference 1897; early Zionist movement – wanted to transform image of Jews from scholarly, nerdy
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Unformatted text preview: look to an athletic (Aryan) one-Kafka’s resentment of his body was a feeling shared with other members of his community Relationship b/w Gregor and family-First sign: thought of asking his father for help to roll over makes him laugh/smile-First time he gave them money, they were grateful, but it became habitual and didn’t even notice – what has been missing before the transformation was recognition – internally could have felt like a roach because of lack of recognition, therefore not as horrified when outer appearance matched the inner-Samsa very considerate (hides from family when come it)-Sister speaks of him as an IT (p. 24) where she decides they cannot live with him anymore-When he dies, she says HE’s so thin – emotions come back Kafkaesque: shocking, disturbing, against the norm, characterized by alienation and discomfort that one would feel with themselves and their surroundings...
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2011 for the course COM 25 taught by Professor Staff during the Winter '08 term at UC Davis.

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