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If nobody believed in you how long would you continue to try before giving up In the two books I am going to discuss both authors portray that rejection is a key aspect in how one lives their life From extreme lows to great heights the average person experiences a rollercoaster ride of emotion in their everyday life and how they are able to cope with that is determined by the choices they make in life In Franz Kafkas Metamorphosis the nature of Gregor Samsas reality changes insignificantly in spite of his drastic physical changes Gregors life before the metamorphosis was limited to working and caring for his family As a traveling salesman Gregor worked long hard strenuous hours that left little time to experience his true happiness Gregor working to pay off his familys debt has resigned himself to a life full of work which in turn leads to what is called a metamorphosis Freud in his book Civilization and Its Discontents discusses how the demeanor of civilization is corrupt in ways which leads to a life of misery Freud also believes that our just world isnt as just as wed like to think Then he mentions how beauty cleanliness and order are the important factors that occupy our civilization Throughout both works the authors portray that rejection is a key aspect in how miserable ones life can be and the consequences which come hand in hand with feeling rejected from other people or the norm of society It is apparent even in the first sentence As Gregor Samsa awoke from unsettling dreams one morning he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous vermin Kafka 7 that Kafka meant something underneath the surface Awakening from unsettling dreams could mean awakening from an uneasy labored life forced upon him by his family His transformation could represent how society might compare him to a cockroach for his rejection from family members and his feelings
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