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In the short story The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka the central character Gregor Samsa can be analyzed on a symbolic level The purpose of this essay is to demonstrate through examples and quotes the ways in which Kafka applies symbolism Throughout the story clear similarities between the authors life and the main characters life are evident A striking likeness between Gregor and Kafka is their resentment towards their work environment In reality Kafka had a bureaucratic job which he chose because he would get off at 2 in the afternoon and have the rest of the day to dedicate himself to what he truly loved writing The main character in this story Gregor Samsa works as a traveling salesman He as Kafka also dislikes his job and aspires to something else What a grueling job Ive picked Day in day out-on the road The upset of doing business is much worse than the actual business in the home office and besides Ive got the torture of traveling worrying about changing trains eating miserable food at all hours constantly seeing new faces no relationships that last or get intimate In this example of symbolism Kafkas personal life at work is reflected on his main characters situation Another aspect of connection between Kafka and the traveling salesman is that both were raised by domineering fathers Through his life Franz always tried to win his dads approval Gregors father also proved to be a man of harsh parenting With a hostile expression his father clenched his fist as if to drive Gregor back into his room In the book it is stated several times that Gregors job supports the family which gives proof to his surbordinance towards his father which is such that he chains himself to a displeasing job just so he can provide for his family and his dads savings remain untouched With these examples we are able to see how consciously or subconsciously
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