• Year Published: 1915.
  • Pages: 201.

Summary of The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis is one of the cornerstones of fictional writing done in 1915 by Franz Kafka, an Austro-Hungarian novelist. The novelist introduces the book with the story of Gregor Samsa a traveling salesman who hates his job. One fateful day he awakes only to discover that he has transformed into a monstrous insect. By this time, he is already late for work and as he sits in his room, he ponders about the ways of his boss who never accepts excuses for the lateness of work no matter how good the worker at his job. By this time, his mother is concerned about his wellbeing and so is his younger sister Grete and also his office manager since he has never missed work.

By this time, everyone is annoyed that Gregor is not opening his door and the clerk warns him about his work which he has been doing in an unsatisfactory manner. He finally manages to open the door and due to his appearance, his mother faints while the clerk takes to his heels. Gregor’s father returns him to his room with a cane and a newspaper. Gregor injures himself as he goes back to his room on the door but due to exhaustion, he simply goes back to bed to catch a nap.

In the second part of the novel, When Gregor awakens, he finds that his favorite food which is bread and milk has been placed next to his bed. When he tries to eat the food, he discovers that he has lost the taste for such food but when his sister puts decaying food close to him, he finds it tasty. This becomes the routine, but at all times, he hides afraid to scare her with his looks. While in his room, he overhears through the walls the financial difficulties that his family is going through since he can no longer provide for them. Gregor begins exploring his new body by crawling around the walls.See full document

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