Meaning of Metamorphosis
What is Metamorphosis:
A metamorphosis is a transformation or a change in form. Etymologically it comes from the Latin metamorphōsis and in turn from the Greek metamorphōsis. This word is made up of meta- (beyond, after), morph- (form, structure) and -osis (applied to names to indicate actions, conditions or states).
In Biology this term is used to refer to the process of transformation of the offspring of some animals until they reach the adult stage.
Metamorphosis by Frank Kafka
It is the title in Spanish of the best known work of the German writer Frank Kafka. This book narrates the transformation of Gregorio Samsa into a large insect and the consequences it has for him and his family. It was published in 1915 and its original German title is Die Verwandlung.
The metamorphosis of the butterfly
It is a clear example of metamorphosis. In lepidoptors, 4 different states are considered:
- Egg. It is usually located in a plant, near a power source.
- Caterpillar or larva. It is the longest stage dedicated to growth and feeding. The caterpillar has a chewing mouth apparatus, feeding most of them on plants.
- Chrysalis or pupa. The caterpillar takes this shape, also called a cocoon. The time in which it remains in this state is usually 5 days although this period can be extended even for months.
- Adult specimen. In its last shape change, the insect emerges from the chrysalis in its final appearance.
The metamorphosis of the frog
The frog, a type of amphibian, also undergoes a transformation process:
- Larva or tadpole. Born from an egg, the tadpole lives and breathes under water. During this stage it grows until its transformation begins.
- Frog. In an adult specimen, the changes with respect to its previous state are significant. The most striking are the appearance of the legs, the loss of the tail and the change that the lungs undergo to allow it to take oxygen from the air.
The metamorphoses by Ovid
The metamorphoses is the name of a poem divided into 15 books by the Roman poet Ovidio Nasón. It is one of the most important works of classical Latin literature. It covers from the creation of the world to the time of Julius Caesar. It is a work of the epic and didactic genre and narrates episodes from Greek and Roman mythology.