Perception of “The Metamorphosis” and District 9”
What is your definition of an alteration? To me, alteration is an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another. In “The Metamorphosis” and “District 9” a person changes. Even though both characters changes into an insect, the circumstances are completely different. One may view the book and say it parallels with the movie. In my opinion, the differences outweigh the comparisons.
Although “District 9” and “The Metamorphosis” seem similar, they are in fact quite different. Each of these works seeks to produce a transformation in both the protagonists which forces the characters to come to terms with a new situation they did not expect. The protagonist Gregor Samsa in “The Metamorphosis” changes into a bug and Wikus in “District 9” converts into a prawn. In Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” the character Gregor has somehow transforms into a giant insect. “His numerous legs, which were pitifully thin compared to the rest of his bulk, waved helplessly before his eyes. What happened to me? he thought” (Kafka 118). When Gregor feels this out of body experience, he is left confused. District 9’s Wikus is a true descendent of Kafka’s Gregor Samsa. He is a simple, ultimately powerless man who works for the impersonal corporation, MNU. Wikus is exposed to a strange alien “fluid” that begins to transform him – just like his Kafkaesque predecessor—into a giant insect.
Transitional Paragraph: Needless to say, there is a resemblance of how Gregor and Wikus have breed into creature that came as a surprise to both of them. On the other hand, think about what is the true significance of the switch from a human to bug. When one scrutinizes this cause, the differences come to light.
For instance, there is no correlation between “The Metamorphosis” and “District 9” in the sense of media frenzy. “The Metamorphosis” had fewer comments about the overall interpretation of the book than...