The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka is a short story about Gregor Samsa, who wakes up one morning to find himself transformed into a giant beetle. His family is horrified by his appearance and try to keep him hidden away, but Gregor slowly starts to lose his human mind and becomes more insect-like. He eventually dies as a result of his transformation. The story is narrated by Gregor’s sister, Grete. The story ends with Grete leaving home and starting a new life.
The story is set in a small town in Europe where Gregor lives with his parents and sister. It takes place in an apartment where the family lives together under one roof—a typical European household.
The theme of The Metamorphosis is that people are not always what they seem on the surface; appearances can be deceiving because everyone has secrets or things they hide from others, even those closest to them (such as siblings).