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Mediocrity Surrounding Genius Nabokovs View on The Metamorphosis The Metamorphosis a story by Franz Kafka is about an ordinary traveling salesman Gregor Samsa who suddenly transforms into a monstrous vermin What exactly this vermin is and why Gregor is suddenly transformed into it is left unclear throughout the story After Gregors transformation the story continues by illustrating the development of the relationship between Gregor and his family until the vermin finally dies Insight and analysis of story provided by the Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov suggests that it is Gregor who is a human in a beetles disguise while those around him are the vermin Gregor Samsa lives what is described as a pathetic and depressing life He took a job with one of his fathers creditors and became a traveling salesman Gregor has to deal with the torture of traveling worrying about changing trains eating miserable food at all hours constantly seeing new faces no relationships that last of get more intimate To the devil with it allKafka Gregor is slavishly devoted to his job and supporting his family Constantly working to pay off his their debt Gregor never left anytime for himself The family has become so dependent on him to support them yet they do nothing for him in return The parents are according to Nabokov philistines people interested only in the material side of life and vulgarians in their tastes Gregor was no longer thought of as a member of the family but instead as stated by Nabokov he was nothing more than a support system Nabokov 5 Gregor lacks a social life and wastes his existence working at a job that he hates The fact that he does this all for a family that does not care about him or his well-being makes his condition even more pitiful Even when Gregor undergoes the metamorphosis his transformation into a bug does not stop him from knowing that his family
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