Analysis Of Kafka 's Metamorphosis, By Franz Kafka Essay

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Yet the opening of a poem or novel also seems to spring out of a kind of silence, since it inaugurates a fictional world that did not exist before ' (Eagleton, 2013: 8)

Within the opening lines of Kafka’s Metamorphosis, it is, to some extent true that Kafka forms the idea that the uncanny has just emerged into a world that was previously ordinary, perhaps initiating the novella as the telling of a pivotal point in Gregor Samsa’s life where the ‘Fictional world that didn’t exist before’ (Eagleton, 2013, p. 8) is inaugurated. We are told initially that Gregor Samsa ‘awoke one morning from troubled dreams, he found himself changed into a monstrous cockroach’ (Kafka, Hofmann, 2007, p. 87). This opening establishes the supernatural transformation, which the novella revolves around. In a sense, it could be said that Kafka’s technique works to directly ‘catch the fickle reader’s eye’ (Eagleton, 2013, p. 9) as he immediately uses the opening to set the scene. Perhaps Kafka begins to set the scene as soon as the title ‘metamorphosis’, considering the straightforward implications of the word. We are made to expect something of an unnatural nature as its indicative of bestial imagery. This abrupt technique of being straightforward with the reader is also followed through in the opening of the first section where we are instantly exposed to the mutation into a ‘monstrous cockroach.’ Eagleton (2013, p.9) argues that perhaps writers need to be cautious of not ‘overdoing’ it as the reader…

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