“Why don’t I keep sleeping for a little while longer and forget all this foolishness.”
One of Kafka’s best-known stories, The Metamorphosis was first published on 1915. In the story, a salesman named Gregor Samsa wakes up and finds himself transformed into a huge insect. In this novella, along with his successful use of allegory, Kafka points out one of the major problems of modern individual: alienation. Even if the story sets in absurd, irrational universe, we, as the reader, can easily associate ourselves with the similar signs that we concern deeply.