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Missing Pieces The Metamorphosis a disturbing yet humorous short story is in a class of its own The writings of Franz Kafka have long been a template for modern awareness Even so Kafkas writing style can be described as tough lacking in the delicacy and intellectual development present in a novel such as Slaughterhouse Five Unlike most other authors Kafka uses simple declarative sentences which though somehow lacking in sophistication make up for this in he novels use of symbolism Gregor Samsa is a hardworking under appreciated sales lackey whom one day transforms into a huge beetle His transformation leaves him socially and physically helpless Even his own family is startled by Gregor and forces him to stay within his room for the remainder of the novel Perhaps this symbolizes as well as magnifies Gregors situation even before the incident tiresome and insignificant Prior to Gregors transformation he feels that he is the provider for the family but as the Samsas learn to live without Gregors help it becomes apparent to him that his family can be self sufficient without his added income The most interesting thing that I have felt about this particular novel is that it actually begins at what ought to be its climax Rather than building up to Gregors unfortunate situation the novel seems to be missing its first half Thus the actions leading up to poor Gregors fate must be and rather awkwardly explained after the fateful event This odd organization of events may also be one of the contributing factors to the overall shortness of the novel In telling rather than showing us the first half of poor Gregors life and tragedy the novel is gawkily condensed and effectively impersonal Even so the bizarre text and storyline make for a fairly interesting novel In the end the novel ends with an abruptness which some would not call a true ending In retrospect this was one of the most rushed
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