His family were German-speaking middle-class Ashkenazi Jews. His father, Hermann Kafka —was the fourth child of Jakob Kafka,   a shochet or ritual slaughterer in Oseka Czech village with a large Jewish population located near Strakonice in southern Bohemia. After working as a travelling sales representative, he eventually became a fashion retailer who employed up to 15 people and used the image of a jackdaw kavka in Czech, pronounced and colloquially written as kafka as his business logo.
Table of Contents Plot Overview Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesman, wakes up in his bed to find himself transformed into a large insect.
He looks around his room, which appears normal, and decides to go back to sleep to forget about what has happened. He attempts to roll over, only to discover that he cannot due to his new body—he is stuck on his hard, convex back. He tries to scratch an itch on his stomach, but when he touches himself with one of his many new legs, he is disgusted.
He reflects on how dreary life as a traveling salesman is and how he would quit if his parents and sister did not depend so much on his income. He turns to the clock and sees that he has overslept and missed his train to work.
His family suspects that he may be ill, so they ask him to open the door, which he keeps locked out of habit. He tries to get out of bed, but he cannot maneuver his transformed body.
He eventually rocks himself to the floor and calls out that he will open the door momentarily. Gregor protests and tells the office manager that he will be there shortly. Neither his family nor the office manager can understand what Gregor says, and they suspect that something may be seriously wrong with him.
Gregor manages to unlock and open the door with his mouth, since he has no hands. Gregor tries to catch up with the fleeing office manager, but his father drives him back into the bedroom with a cane and a rolled newspaper.
Gregor injures himself squeezing back through the doorway, and his father slams the door shut. Gregor, exhausted, falls asleep.
Gregor wakes and sees that someone has put milk and bread in his room.
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Initially excited, he quickly discovers that he has no taste for milk, once one of his favorite foods. He settles himself under a couch and listens to the quiet apartment. The next morning, his sister Grete comes in, sees that he has not touched the milk, and replaces it with rotting food scraps, which Gregor happily eats.
This begins a routine in which his sister feeds him and cleans up while he hides under the couch, afraid that his appearance will frighten her. Gregor spends his time listening through the wall to his family members talking.
Gregor also learns that his mother wants to visit him, but his sister and father will not let her. Gregor grows more comfortable with his changed body. He begins climbing the walls and ceiling for amusement. She and her mother begin taking furniture away, but Gregor finds their actions deeply distressing.
He tries to save a picture on the wall of a woman wearing a fur hat, fur scarf, and a fur muff. Grete calls out to Gregor—the first time anyone has spoken directly to him since his transformation.
Gregor runs out of the room and into the kitchen.City. Kafka’s urban setting for The Trial reinforces the ordinary quality of protagonist Joseph K.’s life. K. lives and works as anyone else might in a large, industrialized city. The urban. Metamorphosis.
Franz Kafka. I. One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. A short summary of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis. This free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of The Metamorphosis. Franz Kafka's Trial, written in , was published only many years after his death; just one section of it, the short parable "Before the Law," appeared in the Journal Selbstwehr, "Self-Defense," published by Kafka's Zionist friends of Prague, Max Brod and Felix Weltsch.
We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. A Study of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis Hamedreza Kohzadi 1, Fatemeh Azizmohammadi 2, Mahboubeh Nouri 3 1,2Department of English Literature, Arak Branch, Islamic Azad University, Arak, Iran 3Department of Arts and Humanities, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University.