- May 3, 2020
Notably,the story “Metamorphosis”involves the illustration of an absurd and irrational occurrence.Adding to the absurdity is how the Samsa family treat thissupernatural event, whereby they seem to take it as a random illnessor incident. Evidently, it is a fact that the story does not offerany explanation on Gregor’s transformation actually, there isabsolutely no effort in trying to elaborate the meaning of Gregor’sfate.
Tosome degree, the characters involved in this story are not shocked bythe absurdity of their world. Gregor’s transformation seems to makethem adapt and not flee from such a predicament. The metamorphosistends to bring out the characters’ human resilience in a ridiculousevent and duty towards family members and other people. However, thelimits of human sympathy are also emphasized in the story whenGregor’s family care and compassion fades away, especially when herbrother`s look revolts Grete, and she cannot stand him anymore.
Additionally,the narration is about the resilience of human mind and mortality ingeneral. Precisely, Gregor’s transformation profoundly alters hisphysical appearance, but his mind remains unaffected, as a result,this causes a disconnection between his body and mind. When Greteleaves him milk, at the beginning of chapter 2, she is surprised tofind that he does not like it, and it turns out not to be hisfavorite drink anymore. When Grete and her mother are movingfurniture out of his room to create space for him to crawl around,Gregor is faced with a choice of emotional comfort or physicalsupport, since he is unable to relinquish his humanity. Therefore,Gregor prefers emotional satisfaction by clinging on to the pictureof a woman with fur on his wall.
Inconclusion, it is apparent that the story, “Metamorphosis”display absurd and irrational events. The transformation of Gregorlife is astonishing, but unfortunately, it is explained, henceleaving the reader with lots of questions.
Kafka,Franz. Themetamorphosis.Modern Library, 2013.