Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The Metamorphosis and Death of a Salesman
While reading Kafka's "Metamorphosis", I am constantly reminded of Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. Gregor's obsession with getting to work and being successful is similar to Willy's ambitious nature. Additionally, both Willy and Gregor experience a type of metamorphosis; Gregor's is physical, in that he transforms into a bug, while Willy's ambitions lead to his mental instability. To me, the largest difference between the characters is that Gregor is selfless, wanting to provide for his family. Willy Loman yearns for professional recognition and self fulfillment as a successful business man.