Franz Kafka Essay Examples

Reading Kafka

“Reading Kafka’s “The Trial”, especially for the first time, we often experience a blend of precision and obscurity; words, sentences, and single events are clear in themselves, but are linked to each other in ways we cannot always grasp. ” The blend of precision and obscurity is one of the most remarkable aspects of the… View Article

Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka was born in Prague on July 3rd 1883, a German-speaking Jew. His father was a large, dominating man named Hermann. A lot of his work reflected his hatred for his father, in the play Metamorphosis and also in Letter to His Father, which reflects his feelings of inferiority and paternal rejection. His work… View Article

Metamorphosis and the Yellow Wallpaper

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Franz Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” contain many similarities. They both have the common theme of the deterioration of the main character’s life and mind, as well as the theme of the ostracism of outcasts in society. They also both deal with the main characters gaining a freedom through the demise… View Article

Guilty With No Further Question

Guilt is a powerful feeling. It often shapes our character and actions. It is human instinct to fear being judged, and denial is an inherent tendency. Franz Kafka’s The Trial opens with an idea of guilt and innocence. “Someone must have slandered Joseph K., for one morning, without having done anything wrong, he was arrested”… View Article

Metamorphosis Eating Scene

In Kafka’s afflicting yet accepting novelette, Metamorphosis, Grete enters Gregor’s bedroom to find that he has not finished the fresh milk and bread that Grete brought in the day before. She returns to Gregor with a newspaper full of different foods that she knew Gregor would possibly like. Kafka presents the affined feelings Grete has… View Article

Exploration Notes- as Level Drama and Theatre Studies

1) Discuss and compare the exploration of characterisation in Metamorphosis by Steven Berkoff and (A Doll’s House). Draw your own practical understanding of the skills used including use of language and voice to portray character. In our practical sessions of Modelling Gregor in “Metamorphosis”, we thought about how we would physically see Gregor. To do… View Article

Franz Kafka and being an outsider in the society

As the oldest child, after the deaths of his older brothers, Franz Kafka, however, has never reached the dominance and leadership character and failed to live a normal, human life – after his birth he had doubted in his human nature and grew as an outsider inside the community. His father, a successful shopkeeper with… View Article

Existentialism in Camus and Kafka

Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and Albert Camus’ The Outsider, both feature protagonists in situations out of which arise existentialist values. Existentialism is a philosophy that emphasizes the uniqueness and isolation of the individual experience in a hostile or indifferent universe, regards human existence as unexplainable, and stresses freedom of choice and responsibility for the consequences… View Article

The Metamorphosis & Existentialism

Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis is a masterfully written novella about Gregor Samsa, a man who devotes his life to his family and work, for nothing in return. Only when he is transformed into a helpless beetle does he begin to develop a self-identity and understand the relationships around him. The underlying theme of The Metamorphosis… View Article

The Truman Show

Life’s remorseless nature presents uncontrollable situations to everyone at the most unexpected times. Like any game of cards, life deals a set of cards that a player is forced to play. This is known as agency; the concept that each human individual within a culture has the ability to determine and choose by free will… View Article

Society’s True Nature

In Franz Kafka’s enigmatic novel The Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa lives the life of a bug. The traveling salesman awakens one morning to find himself incredulously transformed into a “monstrous vermin.” At First, Gregor is apathetic towards his “metamorphosis” and immediately begins describing his room and slight discomforts in great detail. At the same time, Gregor… View Article

Two Outcasts

The metamorphosis is a great book by Franz Kafka; it’s basically the story of a hardworking traveling salesman who wakes up as a cockroach. The book takes the reader through Gregor’s life after he has turned into a roach. Kafka allows us to get into Gregor’s thoughts and pretty much analyze what he must be… View Article

Sacrifice and Transformation in Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”

“The Making of an Allegory,” by Edwin Honig and “Franz Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’ as Death and Resurrection Fantasy,” by Peter Dow Webster illuminate how sacrifice and transformation are a vital part of the deeper meaning of “The Metamorphosis.” Gregor Samsa is an ordinary young man until he wakes up one day as a giant vermin; metamorphosised… View Article


Metamorphosis is a change in physical form or structure. In The Metamorphosis, there is a literal change in the protagonist, Gregor Samsa’s, physical form from a man to an insect. This metamorphosis brings to light one of the major themes in the novel; the theme of alienation. Today’s society demands conformity to its norms and… View Article

The women of “The Trial” by Franz Kafka

“The Trial”, a novel written by Franz Kafka, has been considered to be one of the greatest novels of the 20th century. However, it has also been greatly controversial, and has gone from being burned, to being praised since its publication. Throughout The Trial, Kafka had created a surrealistic atmosphere, which is not only evident… View Article