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The Metamorphosis by Kafka explored the need for change in society Kafka saw a wrong in society as a whole and wanted to make his opinion known He believed it was wrong to be dedicated to ones job over ones family The critics and their articles Honigs Dark Conceit and Richters Franz Kafka-Werk and Entwurf delved into that controversial view of Kafkas work The relationship to his family his guilt his job and society exposes the troubled life of Gregor and the misdirection of the society that Kafka saw in his dayFamily now that is hard to say when talking about this book The family was related by blood alone Richter does not confront this issue in his article though he should have I agree with Honigs statement he becomes to his family and himself as he lies in bed simply a huge detestable insectHonig 139 The way I see it if they were a true family they would have stayed with Gregor even in his bad times They shun him however as they see him only as a pest The last to love him his sister said It has to go its the only answer fatherKafka 52 Her statement shows that she no longer sees him as her brother but a thing to be dealt with like the garbage she had been feeding him I believe as does Richter and Honig that Gregors transformation into the vermin was an enlightening experience for Gregor that brought about his final peace deathRichter 192 Honig 139 Through his self-punishment and enlightenment he saw the true position of his life nobody and unwanted This was shown in the story with the neglect that he received until his starvationKafka 52-54 Honig Richter and I saw the transformation as a way to allow Gregor to step back from his existence in society and the family and take a spectators view That view showed him how his life was
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