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Franz Kafka published a relatively small amount of stories in his lifetime Almost all of them are autobiographical in nature In this way his novella The Metamorphosis could be considered an allegory for his own life The whole idea of a metamorphosis seems to come from Kafkas life This story was written at a time when he felt he had just found his mature style as a writer Kafka wrote in his journal on January 3 1912 about the time that he wrote The Metamorphosis My development is now complete He felt that he would now focus all of his attentions on writing knowing that all the other areas of his life would suffer Kafka wrote the following in his diary the next day everything rushed in that direction and left empty all those abilities which were directed towards the joys of sex eating drinking philosophical reflection and above all music I atrophied in all these directions This is basically what happened to Gregor Once he transformed into an insect where Kafka matured all aspects of his life suffered and he was cut off from everyone else around him Kafka was born in the Jewish ghetto of Prague in 1883 He was an outsider from the very beginning Jews were out of place in Prague because they spoke German in a Czech city and they were neither Czech nor German Moreover as he never fully accepted the teachings of Judaism he was outsider within his Jewish community Kafka did not even feel at home in his own family His father was a man of a large build who was entrepreneurial and socially upwardly mobile Kafkas harsh father made no secret of his disapproval of his slighter sons passion for writing often pointing out that Franz was a disappointment This left Kafka feeling like an outcast in all aspects of his life similar to the way that his character Gregor felt in The Metamorphosis Gregor feels
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