The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis


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Enriched Classics offer readers accessible editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and commentary. Each book includes educational tools alongside the text, enabling students and readers alike to gain a deeper and more developed understanding of the writer and their work.

When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.

So begins The Metamorphosis , one of the most recognizable opening lines in literature. The story of Gregor Samsa, a young man who, after transforming overnight into a giant, beetle-like insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, and a quintessentially alienated man. One of the most widely read and influential works of twentieth-century fiction, The Metamorphosis is a harrowing yet absurdly comic meditation on inadequacy, guilt, and isolation. A work in which, in the words of Vladimir Nabokov, "contrast and unity, style and matter, manner and plot are most perfectly integrated."

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Publisher: New York ;, Toronto, Ontario :, Simon & Schuster,, 2009
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781416599685
Characteristics: 119 pages ;,17 cm.
Additional Contributors: Johnston, Ian 1939-- Translator
Alternative Title: Metamorphosis


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redban Sep 05, 2014


Jun 01, 2011

Kafka's masterpiece sparked much needed debate and discussion over social politics and standards within my English class. It was filled with amazing metaphors and an inventive allegory defining isolation and feelings of inferiority. It is a must read! I also found it beneficially to read up on the grammar and techniques used in the writing of this piece. It was originally German, which has a different sentence structure than English, mainly due to the fact that they add verbs to the end of sentences. Due to this, Kafka was able to create suspenseful and tense sentences nearly an entire page long, leading up to the action/event until the end. He also used many homographs and homophones, which pointed out obvious metaphors within the story. Most importantly, he never specified exactly what the metamorphosis's end result was. He never said bug nor beetle or roach. The word he used holds no specific translation into the English language, and in German was meant to show that he had turned into a dirty, repulsive, object that was similar to a bug. Knowing these key points (that could not be translated into the English version) add much enrichment. Enjoy reading!

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