• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Discuss and Explain the plot and sub-plot of Berkoff's ''Metamorphosis''

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Metamorphosis: Plot and Sub-plot. Metamorphosis is based around a central character called Gregor Samsa. He is a hard working young man who for a number of reasons, including pressure, he transforms into a beetle. There are other main characters in the play which include Greta Samsa, Mr. Samsa and Mrs Samsa, who are his sister, father and mother. The characters all enter one by one and each give a mime which depicts what their character is like at the current time. The characters then narrate as to what Gregor looks like during his transformation into a beetle, they say this in the third person. This is followed by a structured conversation between Gregor and his sister Greta. This conversation shows us that there are many close feeling between them, and that they have a close relationship. This relationship later on proves extremely necessary and important, as Greta is the only person who truly understands how Gregor feels when he turns into a beetle. ...read more.

Middle

The Chief Clerk, who is Gregor's boss, arrives at the house. The chief clerk only cares about his money and he has come to the house to find out why Gregor is not at work. This makes the current situation more awkward. All of the family and the chief clerk himself try to enter the room, but Gregor who is ashamed and scared about his current physical state does not want them to enter. After much confusion and worry from the family's behalf, Gregor eventually opens the door. When the family see the sight of him and notice how grotesque he looks they greet him with fear and loathing. 'Shoo! Get back.' The beginning of the next scene sees the family, including Gregor talking about Gregor in the third person, about how much anguish and pain he feels. The family, with the omission of Gregor then begin to talk in a worried and confused tone, about what to feed him, how to feed him and when to feed him. ...read more.

Conclusion

They are demanding until they meet Gregor, who is b now a grotesque and unpleasant sight. They argue and leave. This seems to be the final straw, and the family are now conscious that this cannot go on any more. Greta, who so far has been Gregor's guardian angel, distances herself and leaves him. Mrs Samsa, always there for her son, a maternal figure, sees her son, and after he whispers, 'Free... free,' she says, 'Dead,' and thanks God in advance for taking care of him. 'Metamorphosis' ends optimistically. Greta re-appears, and the family tell the audience how beautiful their daughter is, and how their life seems to be happy. They're doing everything they can to forget Gregor, and push on with their lives. Metamorphosis is a complicated, unusual play with many hidden meanings. It focuses on family life, pressure and expectation; how throughout our lives, we are always being ridden with demands. Berkoff uses these themes extremely well to create a visual masterpiece of the uppermost class. ?? ?? ?? ?? | Chris Stupack | Drama Coursework | October 2007 | ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Plays section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Plays essays

  1. My mother said I never should Plot and Subplot My ...

    It also may be because so many plays written show women's need and want for men, perhaps Keatley wanted to show a different side of women that is not normally portrayed. Each of the for women are a product of the mother, what there mother taught them and what society taught them and told them to be at the time.

  2. Language in metamorphosis by Berkoff

    "We're sticklers for order" "Can't bear slovenliness" Berkoff, in his stage directions gave the option of the lodger being played by one actor as opposed to three, complying with the ignorance and totality of society however many people there are.

  1. Threepenny opera plot

    The theme of mankind and morality is arisen somewhat biblically; this is typical of Brecht as it again gives the audience the opportunity to think about these ideas. Peachum's beliefs are disclosed further with the arrival of Filch, a character who wishes to work for Peachum and his wife.

  2. Crucible plot

    The questioning of Abigail ceases upon the arrival of the Putnam's, a couple who are known to have had encounters with witchcraft; their conversation with Paris is one of persistent claims of Betty's state being closely linked with black magic and witchery.

  1. My Mother Said I Never Should - Plot and Subplot

    They play doctors and nurses, and discuss their primitive ideas about sex and relationships after they hear that their mother has 'the curse'. Scene 4 shows the relationship between Margaret and Jackie, after Jackie has been to a party, and tells her mother that she has had sex.

  2. Bouncers Plot adn Sub Plot

    * We now move to the Lads getting ready to go out. The four lads are at their separate houses applying their finishing touches Eric and Ralph give themselves pep talks and then they check they are completely ready to go out.

  1. Witchcraft - The Response Phase.

    In this task we worked in groups of 3. I worked with Mariam and Sarah. The 4 main parts we chose were: * When they have no food left to eat * When they find Josh's tongue and Teeth * Heathers entry to the camera saying bye to her mum

  2. Road by Jim Cartwright - Notes on the plot and Subject matter of the ...

    However, I felt this was slightly patronising as it was as though the directors believed that we wouldn't be capable of putting the play into context ourselves. 6}The set worked well as it appeared very cold and desolate as it was all brown and grey.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work