What if one day, you woke up and you were slowly transforming into a bug, a giant 6 legged bug?
This was the vision of the classic german writer Franz Kafka, almost a 100 years ago. Gregory Samsa, the protagonist of the short novel, is transformed inexplicably into a bug like creature without any logical explanation. His family and his ever demanding boss are terrorized, and later, refuse to take care of him. Among the most obvious of interpretations, is the treatment given by an authoritarian and bureaucratic society towards the different individual, where he is left isolated and miscomprehended in front of an overwhelming and monotonous institutional machinery that he doesn't fully understand. Yeah, Its very dense and obscure, and it gave the author a legendary status in literature. He has his own adjective, for christ sake! "Kafkaesque"
1. Marked by a senseless, disorienting, often menacing complexity.
2. Marked by surreal distortion and often a sense of impending danger.
3. In the manner of something written by Kafka.
The Metamorphosis is a great short novel. What if one day, a person woke up and was slowly transforming into a bug, a giant 6 legged bug, and nothing happened?
He would put his pants on the lower legs, make extra sleeves on his shirt and coat for the 2 extra legs. Then he would put his hat on top of his bug head, crowned with a pair of antennas, then grab his briefcase with his bug hand like pincer, and walk towards work. He would stop at the street, and go across other hurried up bugs going late for work. And nothing different would happen. I see bugs everyday, eating in mac donalds, parking huge cars in forbidden places, concerned bug faces in the subway, others watching at hot looking bugs, others asking for the hour. And they dont even notice.