While I enjoyed The Metamorphosis when I read it, the greatest impression the book had on me was in the opening line. I've seen two major variations, and one of them distresses me greatly.
Opening #2:As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous vermin
Is it just me, or does the second opening smack you in the face like a lead pipe? I don't believe Kafka actually wrote what kind of creature Gregor was turned into, unless of course you are reading the addition with opening #2. He gives some description of Gregor's transformed body, but he never outwardly states what he is. Also, "gigantic insect" doesn't have the same negative connotation as "monstrous vermin," and it seems to dull down the problem. Gregor is alienated from the rest of his family not only because he has been transformed, but he IS "monstrous!"As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect
Does anyone share this opinion?