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The Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka Through his change that all too often mankind is forced into an insect -like existence no better than the bugs at the bottom of the natural order When mankind tries to rise above their insect status and connect with humanity as Gregor did when he emerged from his room to see his sister and listen to the violin they cruelly drive him back into isolation and alienation through Gregor Kafka presents a totally tragic view of mans existence Often to the elimination of developing human relationships modern life demands that a person have a job to earn money to fulfill materalistic mind-set usually enslaves the individual and transforms into a beast or insect who does not have time to care for in order to provide material things for his family In order to have and give financial security he sacrifies a social life companionship pleasure and dreams his life is miserable and he counts the days until he can quit his job Ironically the people that he supports and loves prove they have no depth of emotion for him adding to his total misery As much as he hates the petty and degrading concern for which he works he is proud of his mother father and sister Grete with a nice apartment and fairly comfortable life Though Gregor was terribly hurt by his familys choices to ignore him which caused him to literally die of heartbreak and pain he found out how his family truly felt about him Gregor is literally left to climb the walls and die in total alienation Gregor seems to find out that since his metamorphosis he is left out in the cold He is no longer needed now that he can no longer provide for his family Despite the love Gregors mother had for him the effect on her is terrible whenever she catches sight of him Gregors father and sister Gretes protective feelings
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