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The Metamorphosis written by Franz Kafka is considered one of the few great poetic works of the twentieth century Addressing The Metamorphosis Elias Canetti a Nobel Prize-winning author has commented In The Metamorphosis Kafka has reached the height of his mastery he has written something which he could never surpass because there is nothing which The Metamorphosis could be surpassed by - one of the few great perfect poetic works of this century There are many symbolisms and parallelisms used in the story Kafkas disturbing symbolic fiction especially The Metamorphosis written in German not only prefigures the oppression and despair of the late 20th century but also is an account of the dramatic transformations that had occurred during his own life Kafka Franz Funk 2000 This beautifully written masterpiece of Kafkas is clearly symbolic of his own life and nightmare-like life experiences he had with his father Suppose all that you have always valued in your life was shown to be an illusion What if your precious beliefs maxims platitudes and traditions were inverted and distorted beyond recognition You suddenly realize that what is good is bad what is beauty is foul what is virtue vice What if all your points of reference were to shift North becomes South black becomes white deviant becomes saint saint becomes deviant Suppose that this transformation - a metamorphosis of perception - were to come to you and you alone Suddenly you awake and in utter solitude you discover that your values have reversed along with you you are a roach Your world is abruptly and totally changed This is Gregor portrayed in Kafkas The Metamorphosis With the opening of the story Kafka right away jumps into the woken yet uneasy dreamy state of Gregor a young commercial traveler With the rise of Gregor Kafka describes the dull gloomy and humid environment that foreshadows the decay and deterioration of Gregors life As soon as Gregor opens his
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