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Please see The Corpse by Joshua Gonzalez aka NeonFx Kafkaesque Alienation To be alienated is to be separated from a society because of differences between ones being and that of an average person of that society or because of differences between ones ideas and morals to those of the collective mind Franz Kafkas works have been recognized as symbolizing mans alienation andor prosecution in an indifferent world The Metamorphosis1915 and The Hunger Artist1924 by Franz Kafka are two examples that I will use to demonstrate this point In The Metamorphosis a traveling salesman living with his family wakes up one morning to find that he is now a giant insect His family is displeased and by keeping him locked in room and increasingly ignoring him the salesmaninsect finally dies seemingly from alienation In this short story there are several occasions in which he seems to be completely alienated by his father but just as many occasions in which he is not by his sister The salesmaninsect finally dies when the last person that cared for him the least bit his sister alienated him The salesmaninsect realized this when he heard her tell their parents that the insect must go When the closest people in the salesmaninsects life turned against him surviving as a bug for life became impossible And upon hearing this he went back into his room and went through hours of reflection before his head dropped down to the floor at 3 in the morning The main character in The Hunger Artist takes a very different approach to alienation This short story tells the about a professional faster his techniques his great achievements his popularity and the increasing alienation due to his choices The hunger artist has very different views he lives for alienation He lives to be recognized as different and or as better than the rest in that society In the end however all that proved to be was
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