The Metamorphosis | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 32 pages of analysis & critique of The Metamorphosis.
This section contains 9,370 words
(approx. 32 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Martin Greenberg

SOURCE: "Kafka's Metamorphosis and Modern Spirituality," in Tri-Quarterly, No. 6, 1966, pp. 5-20.

In the following essay, Greenberg examines The Metamorphosis as the dying lament of a spiritually vacant modern man.

The mother follow'd, weeping loud,
'O, that I such a fiend should bear!'

—Blake

In the Middle Ages it was the
temporal which was the inessential
in relation to spirituality; in the
19th century the opposite occurred:
the temporal was primary and
the spiritual was the inessential
parasite which gnawed away
at it and tried to destroy it.

—Sartre

Kafka's Metamorphosis is peculiar as a narrative in having its climax in the very first sentence: "As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect." The rest of the novella falls away from this high point of astonishment in one long expiring sigh, punctuated by three sub-climaxes (the...

(read more)

This section contains 9,370 words
(approx. 32 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Martin Greenberg
Copyrights
Gale
Critical Essay by Martin Greenberg from Gale. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook