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"The Metamorphosis" By Franz Kafka Essay

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The MetamorphosisBy Franz KafkaThrough his change that all too often mankind is forced into an insect -like existence no better than the bugs at the bottom of the natural order. When mankind tries to rise above their insect status and connect with humanity, as Gregor did when he emerged from his room to see his sister and listen to the violin, they cruelly drive him back into isolation and alienation, through Gregor, Kafka presents a totally tragic view of man's existence.Often to the elimination of developing human relationships modern life demands that a person have a job to earn money to fulfill materalistic mind-set usually enslaves the individual and transforms into a beast or insect who does ...view middle of the document...

Though Gregor was terribly hurt by his family's choices to ignore him, which caused him to literally die of heartbreak and pain, he found out how his family truly felt about him. Gregor is literally left to climb the walls and die in total alienation.Gregor seems to find out that since his metamorphosis he is left out in the cold. He is no longer needed now that he can no longer provide for his family. Despite the love Gregor's mother had for him, the effect on her is terrible whenever she catches sight of him. Gregor's father and sister, Grete's protective feelings toward the mother lead them to resent Gregor. His once devoted sister now seem like a stranger due to his uncontrollable change. After Gregor changes she take on sole responsibility for his care, asserting herself as the indeed expert on Gregor's conditions and needs. Gregor considers his sisters motives to be a mix of devotion to his memory and brazen youthfulness, a flexing of her will and capability in light of her parents' incapacity to deal with the singular bug-ness of their only son. It is Grete who at last voices the family's conviction of the hollowness of the situation and the impossibility of Gregor's returning to them in human form, It seemed that his family caused this physical change to happen to Gregor, he didn't feel happy about bring home money for his family he felt that it was a duty he owe it to them, a sort of debt. Only after Gregor's death does the liberation of their spirits occurs, self-respect truly blooms, and the future becomes a bearable thought.

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