Franz Kafka

Who was Franz Kafka?

Born on July 3, 1883, in Prague, capital of what is now the Czech Republic, writer Franz Kafka grew up in an upper middle-class Jewish family. After studying law at the University of Prague, he worked in insurance and wrote in the evenings. In 1923, he moved to Berlin to focus on writing, but died of tuberculosis shortly after. His friend Max Brod published most of his work posthumously, such as Amerika and The Castle.


Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesman, wakes up in his bed to find himself transformed into a large insect. He looks around his room, which appears normal, and decides to go back to sleep to forget about what has happened. He attempts to roll over, only to discover that he cannot due to his new body. He was transformed into a horrible vermin, which changed his life drastically.

Character's Description

1. Gregor Samsa

He was a traveling salesman, and the main character. He becomes a sad person due to his change, but his life wasn't the best before becoming an insect, and remain in that state the rest of his life. He hated his job but still he work because he felt the need to provide for his family. He change into a whole new living creature but some human characteristics remained.

2. Grete Samsa

Gregor's sister. She first showed compassion for his brother but everything changed after, she was a young woman and Gregory's change took over her life.

3. The Father

He was an emitionally unstable man, he was left exhausted by his previous work, but when Gregor changed because of his metamorphosis he was in a position where he had to go back to work which didn't made him happy. He was hostile with his son.

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Interesting Events

  • When Gregor Samsa wakes up inexplicably transformed into a giant bug, he must handle the consequences in terms of his understanding of himself and his relationship with his family.
  • Gregor struggles to get back his humanity.
  • His family slowly turns their back at him.