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In both Joyces The Dead and Kafkas Metamorphasis the central charater is suffering from a severe delusion about their own self Gabriel in Joyces The Dead believes he is the one true love in Grettas life When this deception is revealed his world becomse shattered Similarly in The Metamorphasis Gregor Samka realizes that he is only a drudge in society and his entire life is changed in consequence The importance of self knowledge becomes apparent in these two tales James Joyce in The Dead gives us a glimpse into the life of a man fraught with self deception He is secure in the knowledge that he is smarter than his fellows more adept than his fellows in his chosen profession and that he is on a social level far removed from those around him This easily can be seen through any number of speeches given by Gabriel but it is particularly evident when he states He was undecided about the lines from Robert Browning for he feared that they would be above the heads of his readersDead 334 He lords his superior knowledge and social niceties above the rest of his family treating them like some subclass of humanity better left untouched His wife scoffs at the fact that the majority of the attenders of the party do not even grasp the concept of galoshes a neccesity of life that has not filtered down to the less fortunate Gabriels shame for his famile is readily apparent He speaks down to them refuses to learn their common language and prefers to escape away from their land as much as possible When he is asked about this shame and it is brought to the forefront he becomes very upset and even lashes back at his family O to tell you the truth retorted Gabriel suddenly Im sick of my own country sick of it The Dead 363 All of these illusions come crashing down when Gabriel realizes
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