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Imprisonment comes in many forms and is frequently experienced by many people The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka is a story with a theme about imprisonment it symbolically shows many imagery and objects that represent imprisonment and implies that physical financial and obligation imprisonments all exist in life Using the characters of the Samsa family Kafka creates situations that resemble imprisonment These imprisonments are what confine people and their freedom They create boundaries borders and walls that keep a person from outside intervention The Metamorphosis begins out with Gregor in the process of turning into an insect Insects are despised they are looked upon as Gods disgusting creatures The fact that Gregor is turning into one is like him becoming unwanted This foreshadows the story by portraying an outcast disapproved by the family As an insect Gregor brings horror to his family since they do not recognize him as a member of the family anymore He is blocked off from the human world because hes different Lying in bed Gregor looks out the window at the overcast sky and hears rain drops beating on the window gutter The rain symbolizes obstacles that limit Gregors freedom His is stuck in the apartment like a caged animal and is late for work He tries to get up and is unsuccessful a number of times His human senses are still with him but he doesnt realize that he is trapped inside a vermins body He finally gets up and soon realizes that his door is locked Gregor has no ability in him to open it He tries to use his mouth but its very difficult to open the locks with no teeth His room is like a prison Gregor cannot go anywhere He is stuck inside an insect body which is held confined by the locked door and is covered up by the rainy weather The locked door and the
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