Analysis of Passage from Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”
Analyze a passage from Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” about the change in the family’s fortunes following Gregor’s death.
Analyze its structural features (its use of character, plot, setting, atmosphere, tone, narrative perspective, etc.) and its narrative style, including attention to diction (word choice), syntax (the grammatical arrangement of the words), figurative language, imagery, etc. What effects do these techniques produce, and how do they contribute not only to the plot but to the story’s overarching themes? What makes this passage important to our understanding of the story as a whole?