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Alternate Cover Edition Of ISBN As Gregor Samsa Awoke One Morning From Uneasy Dreams He Found Himself Transformed In His Bed Into A Gigantic Insect He Was Laying On His Hard, As It Were Armor Plated, Back And When He Lifted His Head A Little He Could See His Domelike Brown Belly Divided Into Stiff Arched Segments On Top Of Which The Bed Quilt Could Hardly Keep In Position And Was About To Slide Off Completely His Numerous Legs, Which Were Pitifully Thin Compared To The Rest Of His Bulk, Waved Helplessly Before His Eyes With It S Startling, Bizarre, Yet Surprisingly Funny First Opening, Kafka Begins His Masterpiece, The Metamorphosis It Is The Story Of A Young Man Who, Transformed Overnight Into A Giant Beetle Like Insect, Becomes An Object Of Disgrace To His Family, An Outsider In His Own Home, A Quintessentially Alienated Man A Harrowing Though Absurdly Comic Meditation On Human Feelings Of Inadequacy, Guilt, And Isolation, The Metamorphosis Has Taken Its Place As One Of The Most Widely Read And Influential Works Of Twentieth Century Fiction As WH Auden Wrote, Kafka Is Important To Us Because His Predicament Is The Predicament Of Modern Man Gregor waking up one morning as a bug was a hilarious analogy of the effects an illness can have on someone, as well as on those who are close to him Though the underlying story behind the hilarity of the analogy was anything but funny I took it as of a warning of what NOT to do when a loved one is afflicted by some unfortunate disease or circumstance I found his resistance of acknowledging to himself that he had become a bug in the beginning of the story to be very interesting When he couldn t ignore his state any longer, he looked to others reactions as to how he would look at his own condition As he was trying to unlock his bedroom door to let his parents and supervisor in, he thought, If they took fright, then Gregor would have no further responsibility and could rest in peace But if they took it all calmly, then he had no reason to get excited either and he could, if he hurried, actually be at the station by eight The reaction of those around him, and most importantly, those of his closest loved ones, is what influenced his own attitude towards himself and his own state He became completely ashamed of himself, striving to completely hide himself from view, though it took great effort and pain on his part to do so His imprisonment, or rather, his confinement from the company of others, had a devastating affect upon his mental well being and in turn, affected his physical well being Such a sad story and the fact that his family didn t feel remorse for their actions, but relief for themselves at his death I don t believe Kafka was trying to say this is how humans are indubitably, even though most of them try to put on a show of galantry and higher morals But that humans certainly can become some of the most self serving, self centered creatures on Earth It serves as a warning to us all that while it is good to allow others to serve us from time to time, it is far better to always serve others Gregor s family had all become accustomed to being taken care of by him They didn t even mind that he was held in servitude to pay off their debts This was made evident when the fact was made known that Gregor s father had been saving up extra money earned by Gregor, when it could have been used to pay for his freedom much sooner Gregor, on the other hand, had been serving his family and loved them purely because of it His first thought was not of himself, but of the hardship his condition would cause his family.So lest we fall into such an ugly state of existence, let us guard ourselves by serving those we love, thus loving those we serve. I once used my copy to kill a beetle Thereby combining my two passions irony and slaughter wields A BIG EFFING DISCLAIMER I read books for fun, not to better myself.I originally published this review MONTHS ago, for a book published DECADES ago and I just want to say Reviewers be warned.People are not the forgiving sort if you don t like this book It seems that some classics must be liked, or else.Since publishing this review, many people have posted their interpretations of this book some of which I can see, some of which I don t buy and some that really are quite brilliant.People seem convinced that if only I the stupid broad as one now deleted comment said could understand the d man book , then my absolute idiocy could be resolved and I wouldn t have to worry about my children inheriting the stupid While your sentiments about my future children were strong and no doubt your hearts were in the right place , I m afraid that won t help them They are doomed. Even if the most stunningly accurate interpretation of the novel comes into my life, that doesn t change the fact that I didn t like the book I m not a professional I m not an English teacher I have never claimed to be anything other than an avid reader Just because I m a casual doesn t mean that I m only going to stick to fluffy novels I like to branch out, sometimes with awesome and sometimes with awful results And this one just didn t work for me And if there s anything I have picked up from the comments, Kafka was writing a book to make you feel bad He was aiming for that cloying feeling like you re choking on humid air On the edge of a cold where you don t feel well, but you also don t feel totally sick When you re boss calls you in and you know that it s not for a promotion Dread Horror Disappointment Hopelessness Depression.And guess what I may not have interpreted the book correctly , but I felt all that And my review reflects exactly what Kafka was aiming for with a dollop of sarcasm and sass from me on the side The Original Review If you are someone who is looking for a serious interpretation kindly check out another There plenty of brilliant interpretations of this novel, and so many people LOVE it Unfortunately, I did not I cannot make you understand I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me I cannot even explain it to myself. Allow me to explain it to you then You Gregor turned into a giant bug Your family alternated between fearing, caring, and loathing you in your bug body Ultimately, you began doing lots of creepy bug things and became a burden to them.Then you starved to death and your parents got their spare bedroom back slow clapping Okaaaay, if you haven t already guessed, I didn t enjoy this one I am not a fan of books where things just happen without any sort of explanation Nor if books that give off a consistently dreary feeling throughout I could summarize the entire book as Gregor turns into a bug, it was not a smart moveWhich is slightly misrepresenting the book cause the book actually has Gregor turning into a bug without any rhyme or reason.Actually Wait a moment.This is probably one of those books where everything is a representation of something significant in real life An Important Novel , if you will Lemme Wikipedia this..Ok I m back.Apparently the bug thing is either a metaphor for a father complex Gregor s dad was the most anti Gregor anti bug character or a take on the artist struggle Gregor s sister is the cruelest, because she can make music.I mean,maybe I guess that could be what the book means There s a cruel father and a gifted daughterbut who knows.I guess the book is so open to interpretation that it could literally mean just about anything It kind of feels like one of those books just written for the hell of it and then some English teachers got a hold of it and now it s become anImportant NovelTherefore, I m going to stick with my original interpretation it s a rather pointless novel about a bug that dies.Personally, I did not like the style, the characters and the ending It felt painful to read The actual text was good, but the emotions and the feelings associated with the events just felt incredibly depressing.Plus, as a personal pet peeve plenty of things happen without a solid explanation or clear motivation which actually funnels back into my English teachers got ahold of this novel theory quite well Ultimately, this took up time that I can never get back and I don t think I ll ever enjoy it How about if I sleep a little bit longer and forget all this nonsense Blog Instagram Twitter Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning to discover he s been transformed into a giant beetle like creature Can he and his family adjust to his new form The Metamorphosis is one of those books that a lot of people get dragooned into reading during high school and therefore are predisposed to loath I managed to escape this fate and I m glad The Metamorphosis is quite a strange little book.Translated from German, The Metamorphosis is the story of how Gregor Samsa s transformation tears his family apart I feel like there are hidden meanings that are just beyond my grasp I suspect it s a commentary about how capitalism devours its workers when they re unable to work or possibly about how the people who deviate from the norm are isolated However, I mostly notice how Samsa s a big frickin beetle and his family pretends he doesn t exist.There s some absurdist humor at the beginning Samsa s first thoughts upon finding out he s a beetle is how he s going to miss work Now, I m as dedicated to my job as most people but if I woke up to find myself a giant beetle, I don t think I d have to mull over the decision to take a personal day or two.Aside from that, the main thing that sticks out is what a bunch of bastards Samsa s family is He s been supporting all of them for years in his soul crushing traveling salesman job and now they re pissed that they have to carry the workload Poor things It s not like Gregor s sitting on the couch drinking beer while they re working He s a giant damn beetle Cut him some slack.All kidding aside, the ending is pretty sad I ll bet Mr Samsa felt like a prick later The Metamorphosis gets four stars, primarily for being so strange and also because it s the ancestor of many weird or bizarro tales that came afterwords It s definitely worth an hour or two of your time.