Friday, January 25, 2013
Kafka's Metamorphosis compares to Baudelaire's A Carcass
After reading the poem "A Carcass" and Metamorphosis, I noticed that they both mentioned "dust." A Carcass talks about the dead carcass slowly returning to dust and decaying as it serves as food and a means of life for new living things. Gregor in Metamorphosis also has an encounter with dust. As his family abandons him in his room after his change to a bug, his room slowly gets more and more dusty as he withers away. Although he eventually dies in this dust, his family seems almost reborn. His father starts to look healthier as he goes back to work and Grete goes off to search for a husband. Dust seems to be a pretty common symbol for life and death in many works of literature. Although it may not be shed in a positive light like in the Bible, it does share the same idea that "from dust you were born and to dust you will return."