Gregor's Couch

Title

Gregor's Couch

Subject

The couch in Gregor's room from Kafka's "Metamorphosis."

Description

This couch is a stylish couch for the time, with a carved wooden frame and decorative red upholstery. It is small enough to fit into a bedroom, but its wooden legs lift up the seat enough that Gregor can fit underneath in his insect form.
This couch becomes Gregor's main place of refuge in the "Metamorphosis," allowing him to hide from the sight of his mother and sister even when they are in his room. Though it is one of the only pieces of furniture that remains to remind him of his humanity, it is also the main tool that he uses to hide himself from the rest of humanity .

Creator

Franz Kafka

Source

"Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka

Publisher

Bantam Books

Date

Written in 1912
Published in 1915
February 6, 2019

Contributor

Megan Lang

Rights

This novel is in the public domain

Relation

Franz Kafka

Format

Novel, Digital Publication

Language

German
English translation

Type

Absurdist fiction
Modernist Fiction
Speculative Fiction

Identifier

1910s small empire design sofa, wooden frame, red upholstery

Coverage

1915

Files

kafka sofa.jpg

Citation

Franz Kafka , “Gregor's Couch,” The Museum of Fictional Literary Artifacts, accessed August 9, 2022, https://mfla.omeka.net/items/show/387.