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Language in Metamorphosis.

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Introduction

Janine Boor Language in Metamorphosis The language in this play is extremely irregular in the way it is put across to the audience. There are many different ways in which they use it. The language is mainly of a Gregorian rhythmic pattern (formal). The verses are carefully constructed and are not realistic in the way they are spoken. There are sections where the family speak in verse, making them more of a unit than individuals. For example, at the beginning they all speak different parts of a sentence one after the other making it a whole sentence yet said by three people. 'Mr. S: "As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams . . ." Mrs S: "He found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect . . ." Greta: "His numerous legs, which were pitifully thin compared to the rest of his bulk, waved helplessly before him."' Although they speak as a unit, the way each character talks defines their character quite well. ...read more.

Middle

"I like milk in the morning - it's my favourite drink" This is an unnecessary fact yet he says it with sincere interest. So from this piece of knowledge, he appears to us as a simple person. There is a lot of emotion in the language sometimes it is hidden but sometimes it is openly expressed. It is well hidden when the family are talking like a clock because it sounds false to the audiences' ear. They let out their feelings in short words at one point. Perhaps a sign of desperation, telling us what Gregor means to them and why they cant lose him. "Gregor! Cash! Gregor! Shoes! Gregor! Cigars! Gregor! Food! Gregor! Food! Gregor1 Beer1 Gregor! Clothes!" If they lose him they lose all of the luxuries or necessities in life. It gets across to the audience quite well in snappy words, which is why I think that this is an effective way to get a point across. ...read more.

Conclusion

There is a lack of compassion in the language. Characters are cold in the way that they speak or react to each other, compared to a normal family, they don't touch or hug, they don't tell each other that they love them, even when times are hard. Meal times are quiet with the odd word spoken now and again. It makes the audience feel that there is a lot of tension in the room, of which there may be at the table. Even though there is a lot of tragedy in the play, there is also some comedy in the language. The lodgers for example are very funny. They use language that we don't understand such as 'Coprolitic, mephitic, pestilence, dysentery, cankered and decrepit. They say them one at a time, one after the other as well, which makes it extremely funny to listen to. The final moments are the most touching throughout the whole play. The language they use is really dramatic as explained above. It reflects the kindling of his young spirit. (see above) ...read more.

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