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Metamorphosis According to Websters New College Dictionary a metamorphosis is defined to be a marked alteration in appearance condition character or function Franz Kafkas Metamorphosis could not have a more appropriate title than it dons now Virtually every round character in this extraordinarily poetic story takes on at least one sometimes several transformations throughout the course of the writing Every member of the family is changed in some aspect physical appearance temperament lifestyle and role in the group Indeed even the state of the group or family is altered These transformations are due to an inner dissatisfaction with the current situation The opening line of the story As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect reveals the primary and most basic metamorphosis of this piece of literature Kafka attempts to show the reader Samsas discontentment with what his feels is the lack of control in his life by spontaneous transformation of a human being into an insect Humans are at the top of the food chain in the world and thus are in complete control In contrast insects have almost no control over their own destiny because they are small unintelligent creatures that can be squashed between a humans thumb and forefinger or destroyed under the sole of a stepping shoe The first instance of lack of control over his life he encounters deals with the exploitation of his labor Samsa appears to be a very young man who has been thrown into the role of the breadwinner for the family since his fathers business defaulted He has been working in order to support his family and the lifestyle they have come to embrace The family lives in an apartment that is more than they need one that has a concierge and servants to clean and cook This fact would not seem strange unless you remember that a young man who
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