The Metamorphosis

By: Franz Kafka


Waking after a night of troubled dreams, Gregor is surprised to find himself trapped in the body of a hidious man-sized bug. As he lies on his shell and gazes into space, his mother and father begin calling to him from outside his bedroom door. Considering the fact that they need his money to live, he must get out of bed, they tell him. Gregor replies to them nervously, his voice sounding strange to his ears. He will be out very soon, he says. He is just getting ready, but he cannot keep saying that forever.
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Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka was one of the major fiction writers of the 20th century. He was born to a middle-class German-speaking Jewish family in Prague, Bohemia (presently the Czech Republic), Austria–Hungary. His unique body of writing—much of which is incomplete and which was mainly published after his death—is considered to be among the most influential in Western literature.