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Metamorphosis is the story of Gregor Samsa-traveling salesman and bread winner for his family One morning he wakes up in his bed to find that he has transformed during the night into a giant cockroach In his new state he loses his job is rejected by his family and eventually dies as a giant insect by wounds inflicted by his father Although this story is disturbing on the outside there is more to it than meets the eye There are interpretations galore of this short story but the one that seems most symbolically accurate is that the story is a reflection of society Kafkas family life was troubled Kafka was an anti-social boy and he was ostracized by his father for every decision he made that displeased his father His father once called a good friend of his a flea-ridden dog and vermin The story may be taken from this point of view Metamorphosis may be told from a literal perspective of how it would be if he were actually vermin to illustrate the way it feels to be labeled such a horrible thing In society when a person obtains a label justly or unjustly it stays Nothing the labeled says or does can be used to rid themselves of that label Often the points the labeled make are interpreted as proving the label to be true When a person is labeled as insane nothing the person says or does is trusted Rather every action and statement are questioned and believed to be the doings of a mad man Someone labeled as a slut is incapable of developing real relationships because everything done to make something meaningful for the labeled is construed as nothing more than sexual advances A label such as being a funny person often leave people incapable of trusting or taking the labeled seriously If labeled as a deviant from the norm in any way then the label stays and the society
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