Metamorphosis by Kafka


When I heard the end of Metamorphosis on audio books, I was sure I was missing a CD. The ending left me hanging. Did the man never get turned back into a man? Did his family rightly move on and past him, forgetting him, burning the bridges?

I got the book. And the ending was the ending.

It disturbed me. But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. The brother’s metamorphosis — never explained — into a bug brought about a positive transformation in his father, mother and sister. He died, and it brought them back to life. Just like the metamorphosis of a bug. The worm must die for the butterfly to come alive.


Only when her brother dies can the sister start her own grown-up life.

The novela, filled with angst of rejection, ultimately explores the need of sacrifice for others to succeed. It is not a Christian parable, but there are elements of Christian narrative in it. Christ had to die to bring out the best in all of us.

7 responses to “Metamorphosis by Kafka

  1. The giving of life.. I would like to read that book one day

  2. The metamorphosis is certainly a unique work. It is both disturbing, and thought provoking. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  3. Metaphors aren’t always tidy

  4. Not familiar with it, but interesting.

  5. We read this in high school which was timely since we all feel like we are overlooked and misunderstood. The world of business (to me) seems like ants scurrying to work as a team and then leave work long hours later to be alone. Not enough time to become “human” Great analogy or parable to Jesus in some elements he was able to be selfless in the book, but Jesus knew what he chose and how God had chosen Mary and Joseph. . . I always felt bad for the bug. I have forgotten his name now! Smiles, Robin

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