Embeding in The Metamorphosis
Mitchell Tomazin setting in The Transformation The setting of a work can be important in establishing theme, portraying characters, and developing conflicts. It can be a crucial tool for authors in establishing the message of their work. In The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, the author utilizes setting to highlight the isolation and injustice from human society felt by Gregor Samsa. The whole of the story for Gregor occurs within his household’s apartment or condo. Not once in the novel, from Gregor’s change to his death, does Gregor leave the partment. In fact, he spends most of the novel secured his room by his moms and dads. After his transformation, Gregor’s father forces him inside his space and shuts the door. Gregor is left to sit in his room alone and eventually decomposes away to death inside of his room. This setting develops a theme of seclusion as Gregor is physically isolated from his household and from human society in basic. He is either largely disregarded or straight mistreated by all who are available in contact with him throughout the story. Gregor’s complete solation represents the sensations of isolation that the typical human can feel at times throughout their lives. Another interesting aspect of setting is the place of Gregor’s space within the house. Gregor’s space lies sandwiched right between his sis’s room and his parents’ room. Perhaps this symbolized the injustice Gregor feels from society and his household in particular. Gregor may feel a lack of flexibility as he lives right in the middle of his household and does not have his own place to stay. Furthermore, throughout Mitchell Tomazin he book Gregor is typically seen gazing out the window to offer himself the sensation of flexibility that he does not have in his normal life. We know Gregor feels oppressed by his work as he hates his task but yet continues to operate in order to settle his parents’ debt. Due to the fact that he is working mostly to support his household, Gregor’s primary oppression might actually come from his family. The place of his space within the house serves to represent this oppression. Another notable element of setting is that Gregor’s household just steps out into he outdoors world after Gregor’s death at the end of the story. This is the only time where the setting modifications to someplace outside the home. Nevertheless, as the rest of the family is enjoying the outside world and being in the sun, Gregor is left dead in his dark space. This just further shows Gregor’s seclusion from the delights of life. Gregor’s family is just delighted and lively enough to get outside the apartment or condo and delight in the world after Gregor’s death. This can lead to the conclusion that Gregor was greatly isolated ven within his own family. Overall, Kafka utilizes setting to play a major role throughout The Transformation. The continuous settings of the apartment or condo and Gregor’s bed room demonstrate how Gregor feels oppressed and separated by society through the treatment he gets by all people, especially his family. In this way, Kafka illustrates the frightening seclusion and remarkable injustice of modern human life. Kafka utilizes these to reveal the suffering of being human. Mitchell Tomazin Works Cited Kafka, Franz. The Metamorphosis. New York: Bantam, 1972. Print.