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The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka wrote The Metamorphosis in 1912 it is one of the few books that were published in his lifetime The Metamorphosis appeared in print in 1915 Kafka had a distinct style of writing that is shown in the metamorphosis He often presented an impossible situation and then develops the story from there The opening line of the Metamorphosis demonstrates this As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect pg 400 Immediately the story starts out with an impossible situation a man becoming an insect The story is then the events that happen after the man Gregor Samsa becomes an insect My first impression of this was that of shock I thought why Kafka would turn one of his characters into an insect without any reason In most storys the fate of a character is the direct result of one of there actions These actions are related to the reader so that the reader knows why this happened or the reader gains a sense of foreshadowing something Kafka does not do The shock of the first sentence leads the reader to know that he she is not going to be able to predict what happens next in the story unlike others As you read you find out about Gregor Samsas work he is a commercial traveler The reader also learns that Gregor is almost overly focused on his work His mother said The boy thinks about nothing but his work It makes me cross the way he never goes out in the eveningspg 404 The impression that I received from this is that Kafka is making a statement about the American work policy Kafka lived in America he knew the hours that Americans work to earn their money Kafka is saying that we have to slow down We are running around like ants preparing for winter but where were going we
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