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Fear jolting trapping in a sense and awakening in a more literal one a nightmare is a dream forged from the inner reality of yourself In The Metamorphosis by Kafka a traveling salesman named Gregor is mysteriously turned into a dung beetle which not even his family can learn to accept let alone understand His family is now faced with a lack of money since Gregor was the only person working leaving him to feel worthless and like a disappointment as opposed to the importance that he once held Kafkas tone and overall style according to Russian author Vladimir Nabokov makes The Metamorphosis a striking contrast to the nightmare of the tale Enhancing this nightmarish quality of this novella are Kafkas limited third person perspective a matter-of- fact tone and clear black and white preciseness Due to the limited third person perspective darkness is created surrounding the reader making uncertainty and alienation inevitable Set apart from the story directly the reader must take in Gregors story in a relationship almost fitting more with the readers own life rather than a simple story about one man From the very beginning of this novella it is made clear that this perspective with not explain thoroughly the exactness of Gregors dilemma leaving a nightmarish quality of chaos and insecurity Gregors thoughts awaken the reader to the strange circumstance that he is in in his own mind but limiting Gregors vulnerability in the eyes of the reader What has happened to me He thought It was no dream 1 In this passage Gregor expresses his broad feelings about what has happened although Kafka confines Gregor from an in depth look at why how and even if he has really turned into a beetle The narrating voice has no more knowledge of the events of the story than Gregor does It is confined with him in his room it listens at the keyhole it follows his dreams it departs
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