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Social Alienation in Kafkas Metamorphosis Many people in todays society let social alienation take over and ruin their lives Social alienation is the state of being emotionally and socially isolated and dysfunctional with your surroundings Kafka shows the effects of social alienation through isolation and rejection toward an individual The Metamorphosis demonstrates the gradual and long term effects of social alienation When Gregor Samsa surprisingly wakes up one day to realize he now has six legs as opposed to the two he had the day before he knew his life was going to be different He awakes to discover that is life is in reverseMcNeil 1 Samsa metaphorically let his inner self and showed the world exactly who he was and what he was really like on the inside only to find out the world would soon reject him After his transformation McNeil states He ceases to serve with new values opposing those of the family the employer and society at large Gregor emerges as a deviant1 Through Samsas entire life he performed tasks for the good of other people and never did anything for himself He was the primary source of income for his family while working a job incompatible for his liking He worked a job where he had no personnel relationships with anyone He experienced a sense of meaningless and powerlessness where he had a high expectancy that he was being socially rejected by societyZablocki 8 One of the main side effects of social alienation is psychological malfunctioning which includes low value on self worth along with unfavorable or hostile behavior towards others and brief disorientation to surroundingsContent 1 It is common in todays society for people to live lives where they are misunderstood by others This can lead to isolation or the rejection of common values in societyZablocki 8 Samsas family took his behavior as abnormal and acted as though he was being difficult and trying to cause a burden on
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