Metaphors and similes are figures of speech used to add flair and/or humor to a phrase. These popular rhetorical devices are all well and good, but sometimes you just need to get to the point; enter hypocatastasis . Hypo is derived from the Greek “under,” cata comes from the Ancient Greek kata , meaning “down from, or down to,’ and stasis is Greek for “standing still.” Linguistically, both a hypocatastasis and a metaphor imply a resemblance, representation or comparison.
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Franz Kafka [ a ] (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) was a German-language writer of novels and short stories, regarded by critics as one of the most influential authors of the 20th century . Kafka strongly influenced genres such as existentialism . His works, such as " Die Verwandlung " ("The Metamorphosis"), Der Process ( The Trial ), and Das Schloss ( The Castle ), are filled with the themes and archetypes of alienation, physical and psychological brutality, parent–child conflict, characters on a terrifying quest, and mystical transformations.