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The Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka
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Jun 24, 2010

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This is the second time I've read The Metamorphosis, both times for class. The first was just over a year ago for German 101b, since the story was originally written in German and the second was today for English 204 (Long title: Literary Perspectives on the Modern World).

I've got to say that this read through was much more enlightening. In a nutshell, it's the story of a guy, Gregor, turning into a bug. Yeah, a bug. It's absurd and funny and incredibly tragic all at the same time. But more than a series of events, it's more the study of the family, their relationships (both before and after the metamorphosis), and the effects it has on them.

I remember the first time I read it feeling really sorry for Gregor. This second time, I found the entire story to be, almost, a study in stupidity and had very little sympathy for any of them. I view the story more as a morality tale. In the same way no one wants to be "that guy", no one wants to be this family.
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message 1: by Shawna (new)

Shawna I had that same reaction when I reread Chopin's "The Awakening." The first time I was sympathetic to Edna, the second time I thought she was a vapid, spoiled woman who lived in utter luxury who got what she deserved.

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