Words on Walls
On a celebral level, the novella functions well as a metaphor on the common affliction of isolation and alienation that one feels in a modern capitalist society. The attempts by Gregor to “communicate” to his family are all unsuccessful, much like the attempt of marginalized groups to make themselves known is impossible in an era where it is each man for himself.
As a whole, the book was a good read: the shadow of a father, haunting his dreams. his father’s visit, his struggle with identity, the role of his mother, the reality of his life, all real elements that made it readable. All real parts of his story that had connections with my life. For these reason, this is a non-fiction book that has stuck with me. It is much like people we meet in our lives: imperfect but ultimately real because of it.
Another aspect of this book that makes it a true classic is the subtle criticism of the social structure and laws of inheritance at the time. She writes about social norms and laws that were stacked against woman, leaving them at the mercy of men, leaving them with no voice. The way in which society functioned led woman to having no other ambition but to marry. At the heart of it, she asks us: what kind of society only makes woman fit to marry? Austen never fails to bring our (the readers) attention to this fact, she never lets us forget it, and that is what makes Austen an ever-relevant writer.