Sunday, August 18, 2013
The Metamorphosis and Other Stories - Franz Kafka
The remainder of the anthology is made up of three short works. In The Judgement a young man struggles to explain the realities of life to his father who is failing in health of both body and mind. Despite all of his help, his old man curses him with grave consequences. A Country Doctor finds himself at the mercy of fate when he goes out to heal a injured young man. And finally, a captured monkey gives his view of being imprisoned in A Report to an Academy.
Each of these works has an obvious interpretation, such as self-loathing in The Metamorphosis, but others may be hidden to the lay reader. Kafka's stories are most often read by students in literature classes, but they are enjoyable on their own, as well.
Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller
The Stranger - Albert Camus
The Glass Menagerie - Tennessee Williams