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Charlotte Perkins Gilmans The Yellow Wallpaper and Franz Kafkas Metamorphosis contain many similarities They both have the common theme of the deterioration of the main characters life and mind as well as the theme of the ostracism of outcasts in society They also both deal with the main characters gaining a freedom through the demise of their previous lives The woman in The Yellow Wallpaper is slowly deteriorating in mental state When she first moves into the room in the old house the wallpaper intrigues her Its pattern entrances her and makes her wonder about its makeup But slowly her obsession with the wallpaper grows taking over all of her time She starts to see the pattern moving and imagines it to be a woman trapped behind the wallpaper The total deterioration of her sanity is reached when she becomes the woman she imagined in the wallpaper and begins creeping around the room Similar to the woman in Gilmans story Gregor in The Metamorphosis watches as his life slowly deteriorates He woke up one morning to find himself to have taken the shape of a bug But early on he tried to continue in his normal activities he focused on how he was going to make it to the train station so he did not miss his train and how his employer would be upset with his absence from work Then he begins to realize that he is a bug and he cannot live his life the same way he used to His sister begins to take care of him and he loses touch with everything human that he used to know His mother and father take away all of his furniture and other possessions Gregors family come to the agreement that the bug must be eliminated it was not Gregor and it would never be him Eventually Gregor stops eating and comes to the realization that he has to die so that his family
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