Upon completion of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, I clearly understand the term Kafkaesque Alienation. This idea was brought forth by Kafka’s mundane, bureaucratic- centered ideologies, which become prevalent in his writing. Merged with the theme of alienation, as portrayed through Gregor, Kafka’s complex and bizarre qualities become more transparent.
Kafka’s style largely pertains to the thematic concern of The Metamorphosis. Both Beckmann’s Family Picture, which is often depicted on the cover, and the novella itself furnish examples of thematic concern. In the novella, with Gregor as the omniscient narrator, the reader can identify several thematic concerns, one of the most relevant being the cruelty of life. Gregor had previously “earned so much money that he was in a position to cover the expenses for the entire family, which he then did,” but after his unfortunate transformation, he became a burden to his family (Kafka 22). This characterization of Gregor allows the reader to understand that when Gregor is put in this troublesome position, he is no longer able to support his family- the sole purpose of his life. This idea of alienation is can also be identified in Beckmann’s Family Picture,