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

Herr Samsa Is Content

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Herr Samsa Is Content Statement of Intent In 'Metamorphosis' by Franz Kafka, Gregor Samsa, the main character turns into an insect. Although many would argue that this transformation is literal, I would argue that Kafka uses it as a metaphor or some other form of symbol. If my theory is right, this metaphor is used as a means of portraying the dehumanisation and hence insanity of Gregor Samsa caused by the intense stress and demands of his daily job that he worries about so much. I also believe that Kafka uses the particular case of Gregor to represent a whole generation of workers that all fear the same fate. Herr Samsa, Gregor's father, in particular fears this and having seen what he fears most in his son, he becomes violent and aggressive towards him; eventually delivering him a slow, gradual death. To support this argument, we find out that, even before the actual transformation, Gregor behaves strangely with regards to his work; studying train timetables for example. It is for this reason that I have decided to carry on with this idea. With Gregor dying at the end of the novella, I decided to use this metaphor of dehumanisation again and apply it to another ...read more.

Middle

Grete looked up at him adoringly and smiled before turning to her father with a face that begged no more talk of work matters. Accepting this, Herr Samsa looked at them both. "Very well. Off you go." "Thank you, sir" replied Franz and he eagerly scuttled behind the beautiful young woman who led him to the parlour. Herr Samsa got up and poured himself a small glass of schnapps and settled back down into the warmth of his armchair. As he let his eyes close, he reflected upon how much better life was now. Even going back to work didn't bother him in the least. He felt healthier and fitter than he had been in a long time and he was now always able to join in with the family walks on Sundays. Franz also came with them. The four of them would walk with their arms linked, talking and laughing with a spring in their step. Thus half an hour passed very happily for Herr Samsa before he was called to join the rest of his family at the dinner table. Grete was rather sullen right throughout the meal. ...read more.

Conclusion

Both wore anxious looks upon their faces and as more shouts of terror approached their house, Frau Samsa joined them from the kitchen, wiping the backs of her hands in her apron as she walked. "Where's Franz?" she asked immediately. A look of horror crossed Grete's face as it occurred to her that the angry manifestation outside and Franz's lateness could be linked. She tried desperately to see what was going on through the living room window but the angle wasn't wide enough. A couple of flying stones and an apple came into her field of vision and with that she rushed to the front door with both her parents close behind her. It was as she grabbed the cold brass handle to pull the door open that she realised what this was. She remembered the conversation last night at the table and, sure enough, as she hastily poked her head through the door and looked down the street, she clasped her heart. Franz was there sure enough, scuttling desperately down the street, followed by an angry mob yelling at him in disgust and flinging stones of hatred at him. Before her parents were able to see anything, she ran back in, bolted the door and sunk to the floor. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Languages 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 International Baccalaureate Languages essays

  1. World Literature: Compare and contrast the changes in the character of Baldini in Perfume ...

    This is further supported by Ch�nier's effort to please and conform to Baldini. When Baldini asks whether P�lissier's "Amor and Psyche" is "vulgar", Ch�nier responds with "totally vulgar". Similarly, when Baldini claims that he "alone give birth to them [perfumes]", Ch�nier immediately replies "I know".

  2. What is the purpose of Gregors metamorphosis?

    Throughout the proliferation of hardships Gregor has encountered in his life, he has come to realize that with his actions come consequences. Gregor's choice of allowing himself to put his family members before him has burdened him with proliferating responsibilities.

  1. History research - Early Australian bushrangers. English writing -my region and favourite authors.

    came to be. Two young brothers had been hunting and decided to make a campfire when a strong wind blew up. Soon the entire mountain was on fire and the brothers ran to the top of the peak to escape the flames, but the fire caught up to them.

  2. Christmas - origins, traditions and ideas for making gifts.

    Fill it with needles, notions, colorful thread, scissors, tape measure, pins, fabric marking pens, etc. Tie up the gift with lots of ribbon to be used later. 71. Give a gift certificate for a seasonal flower delivery. Friends and relatives would love to receive a spring arrangement of tulips, beautiful summer roses and so on.

  1. The Metamorphosis

    "She did not find him immediately, but when she noticed him under the couch (God, he had to be somewhere or other; for he could hardly fly away) she got such a shock that, without being able to control herself she slammed the door shut once again from the outside.

  2. Child and Insect

    Where the poet uses the words 'lies broken' it illustrates the child's views that the grasshopper is a fragile creature, again enforcing the theme of humanity and nature and that nature is fragile. Stanza's two, three and four and five are all short stanzas that have very disturbed and not very defined structures.

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