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I have chosen to look at Metamorphosis and The Mountains of Majipoor because I am interested in the similarities between the way the novelists show alienation and I would like to explore this idea further I am certain that the novelists intended to make the effect they did in their writing and I would like to discover exactly how it was that they achieved their effect Metamorphosis is a novella a surreal short story that deals with a mans unusual experience of a metamorphosis into a gigantic insect Something I noticed right away with this novel is the central metaphor Gregors transformation into an insect should not be taken literally but as a method of getting across a view I see Metamorphosis as an allegory The central metaphor could have been used by Kafka to portray his feelings of how society treats the labour incapable He had been separated by economic and social demand business dutiespg 17 the demands of him to work to support his family whats the use of lying idle in bedpg 13 Gregor manifests a physical appearance that corresponds to the difference he has with his family socially This separation may represent his alienation in the novella However Kafkas story has been interpreted in many different ways One interpretation of the story is that it is a reflection of Kafkas fear of physical and mental collapse due to his own ill health This is a good interpretation that I agree with to a certain extent It could be that Kafka feared that he would experience the same alienation he presents in his writing himself if his own condition worsened The Mountains of Majipoor is a novel with a science fiction-fantasy genre It deals with a mans exile from his home and occupation Silverberg shows Harpirias alienation immediately through the story After his exile the letters Harpirias receives become less and less regular as he becomes cut off from his old
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