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The Metamorphosis

February 2, 2013

Kafka

Franz Kafka‘s novella The Metamorphosis shares a number of philosophical themes with Alien – including, personal identity in the face of bodily transformation, the importance of compassion and fear, and the inevitability of death. The first paragraph of the novella gives you a pretty good idea of how it goes.

One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections. The bedding was hardly able to cover it and seemed ready to slide off any moment. His many legs, pitifully thin compared with the size of the rest of him, waved about helplessly as he looked.

Plenty of interesting paper topics here that might start with comparing treatments of philosophical themes in Alien and The Metamorphosis.

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