Time and Space in “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka
Select a paragraph or short passage from Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” and develop an argument about how this story deals with either time or space.
What different kinds of time and/or space are evoked in “The Metamorphosis”? What happens to time or space in the story? What is the relation between time within the story world (clock time) and the time of narrative discourse (the time that it takes to read)? Where does time slow down or speed up? Or how does space expand and contract – either literally or metaphorically? Finally, how does all this contribute to the possible meaning(s) of the story?