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Metamorphosis Essay

1070 words - 5 pages

Franz Kafka elicits feelings of sympathy and dismay through his book The Metamorphosis. These feeling are created by the violent situations Gregor experiences and his empathetic family. A reader would feel dismay at a book when a character doesn't act the way he or she feels like they should. This dismay would be caused by the reader’s consternation and distress about the current situation. Gregor acts calm and collective after finding out that he has turned into a “monstrous vermin” (Kafka 3). Not feeling satisfied with Gregors reaction, the readers undergo dismay, because they feel that he should react differently after noticing his change. When a reader has a common feeling ...view middle of the document...

This causes the reader to become annoyed with Gregor because they don't understand how he could stay so calm throughout this change. Gregor acts logical about the metamorphosis. Knowing that he can't go back to being human, Gregor doesn't try to go back to sleep. Kafka uses Gregors calm reaction to create dismay. The annoyance grows as Gregor discuses work and tries to find a way to get off of the bed so he isn't fired from tardiness. Gregor doesn't even consider that he will be unable to work because of his current form. He portrays worry over his tardiness, because he’s convinced that there’s discretion towards travelling salesmen. This aggravates the reader, because of the dramatic irony, the reader knows that Gregor can't go back to work, but Gregor still thinks theres a chance. Towards the end of chapter, one the reader’s dismay hits an all time high when Gregor tries to chase down his manager and keep his job. By this point, the reader has learned that no one could “understand a word” (12 )Gregor said. Chasing down the office manager would create even more conflict, because Gregor would not be able to explain himself. The reader becomes angry that Gregor maintains ignorant about his abilities as a bug and wants to confront the main issue. Kafka creates situations that forms dramatic irony and make Gregor look ignorant. He elics aggravation towards Gregor by forming a situation where audience understands Gregors inabilities better than Gregor does. Gregor is more freaked out about losing his job than finding out that he became a bug. He believes there is still a chance for him to support his family and the readers are upset because they know there isn't.

However, this leads to the reader feeling bad for Gregor, because they realize how badly he wants to help support his family. In chapters three and four, Kafka emphasises Gregor’s family’s reactions to his metamorphosis and starts the transition of dismay to sympathy. Using Gregor's mother, father, and sister, the reader learns about the emotional and physical pain that Gregor goes through while living...

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