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Compare and contrast at least two texts on your course from the point of view of their criticism of society

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Student number:03525317 Michael Mc Laughlin Exploring the Text Compare and contrast at least two texts on your course from the point of view of their criticism of society The texts that I have chosen to write about are Die Verwandlung by Franz Kafka and Popp und Mingel by Marie-Luise Kashnitz. Firstly I will give a quick account of the two novels before delving more deeply into both. Die Verwandlung is a metaphorical masterpiece that deals with the change/metamorphosis of a certain character and then concentrates on the horrific actions and reactions of the affected characters. It portrays the cynical and superficial attitudes of the main characters and the drastic negative change in opinion of their one time breadwinner. The novel navigates through a time period where the main character Gregor goes from respected family provider to a monster, beaten, abused and neglected. The Metamorphosis illustrates how shallow and self centred the human nature can sometimes be. The novel emphasises the importance of physical output and of making money in today's society. The fact that Gregor goes from provider to outcast when he no longer can earn highlights this point. The novel centres on change. Physical change, change in attitude and change in relationships all brought about by the metamorphosis of Gregor. ...read more.

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All of this is fine in principal but what they are actually doing is providing the child with enough ammunition that he will resent workaholics and will most likely take up a job whereby he can spend the majority of his time with his wife and children earning just sufficient money to be comfortable. He will in theory spend most of his free time with his kids spoiling them in the way he never was. In the early words of Popp und Mingel we learn of the child's gloomy existence in a world without contact or sufficient contact with his parents. "Sie sagen, es sei doch nicht das erste Mal gewesen, dass ich ein paar Stunden allein in der Wohnung war,ich musste das doc gewohnt sein, und es sei zwar ein dunkler tag gewesen" The child is lonely, isolated and has no friends or family but a few various pieces of junk that he considers his family. This is a sad tale and can be used to illustrate the authors viewpoint that she believes a major error in society occurs. In today's fast moving consumer world. There exists a big problem. Like in Die Verwandlung the values of these people is all wrong. Placing money and wealth above all else. ...read more.

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Firstly I introduced both stories Die Verwandlung and Popp und Mingel and gave a short account of the main plot and storyline. Then delving more deeply into the subject matter, which was to be discussed, the comparison and contrast of the two stories in relation to how they criticised society. Die Verwandlung made an epic point of criticising the superficial and shallow society. The story illustrated how some people in society can be so self-centred that they care not for a loved one because they have changed somewhat. The society that puts such an emphasis on materials and how people look and how people rely on each other and abuse each other in the selfish aim to further protect and better themselves. This story is very metaphorical using Gregors metamorphosis to highlight many of the society's weak points. In Popp und Mingel, the breakdown of the family unit, the workaholic parent and the neglected child are all deemed problems of society and criticised by the author indirectly. The story is pretty bleak throughout and the only bright patch appears at the very end when the child sets fire to the house, forcing a well needed change to occur. Both Popp und Mingel and Die Verwandlung are similar but also completely different in how they criticise society. I hope by now I have compared both stories adequately and in some detail in relation to their viewpoint on society's weak points. THE END ...read more.

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