AP English IV Block 6
April 20, 2007
Outside Reading: The Journal
1. "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself
changed in his
into a monstrous vermin. He was lying on his back as hard as armor
plate, and when he lifted his head a little, he saw his vaulted brown belly, sectioned by
arch-shaped ribs, to whose dome the cover, about to slide off completely, could barely cling.
His many legs, pitifully thin compared with the size of the rest of him, were waving
helplessly before his eyes."
The conflict in The Metamorphosis
, written by Fans Kafka, is portrayed through the sequence of
events following the sudden transformation of Gregor Samsa into a large insect. Ironically, in
most cases the transformation of the character, be it physical or psychological, occurs once the
setting, characters, plot, and novel have been set into motion, but in the case for The
, the most interesting scene is the opening of novella and the conflict. In this
metamorphosis Gregor Samsa is transformed from the providing son to the inconvenient insect.
Gregor had been the family’s main source of income, being the successful businessman that he
was, but because of this strange turn of events Gregor has become the burden and the family has
become the provider.
The rest of the novel is based upon this transformation and also the
transformation between the relationships of Gregor and his family because of his new
appearance and lack of productivity. His family begins to reject him, in the same way society had
rejected Gregor, because of his uselessness after his transformation.