Discussion 200 words
Prompt: Discuss if there was a time in your life when you, like the author of the Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka felt no more significant than a dung beetle. As an extended example, show how universal this theme is by relating the isolation and alienation Gregor Samsa felt to something you, someone you know, or a group of people have gone through.
Summary of The Metamorphosis
The Metamorphosis (1915) This bizarre story by Franz Kafka is about an unhappy salesman suddenly finding himself transformed into an insect-like creature. It is a disturbing study of modern alienation as it is experienced by many in modern society, with Gregor Samsa’s transformation considered a metaphor for his insignificance to society and family. This novella has become a classic of western literature. Kafkaesque is a word that has come into the language to represent anything that is bizarre, surreal, and nightmarish in the way of Franz Kafka’s stories.