The Comparative Study between the Metamorphosis and Cu Zhi in the Strange Tales of Liao Zhai

Abstract

Deformation is an ancient and typical literary topic, which has been a common plot unit and structural model of the story. At present, many scholars at home and abroad have realized uniqueness of deformation stories, tries to interpret and compare them from different perspectives, to discover the deep implication of the stories. Based on the previous researches, this thesis will focus on the connotation of the traditional deformation stories, in line of the plots, writers, themes and effects, to discuss the representative of the Chinese and Western deformation stories, which are Cu Zhi in the Strange Tales of Liao Zhai by Pu Sonling and the Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, to explore the differences and similarities between these two stories.