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A person is defined by more than his name his occupation or his family because he belongs to a greater universe where he is defined as a human famous for imperfection and the conscience However the most obvious characteristic of humanity is governed by the dynamics of emotion In Franz Kafkas novel The Metamorphosis Gregor Samsa finds himself falling out of society and losing touch with humanity and his loss of identity is furthered by his inability to understand emotion The narrators presentation of human emotion specifically kindness and anger creates opposing tones of ambiguity and lucidity a conflict that answers to a greater theme of the novel Situations where a sense of kindness is evoked indicate the narrators ambiguity The first occurrence of this is when Grete brings Gregor food In the goodness of her heartshe brought him a whole selection of food all set out on an old newspaper There were old half-decayed vegetables bones from last nights supperand a piece of cheese that Gregor would have called uneatable two days ago 91 Gregor perceives her actions as benevolence but the details suggest a different interpretation The objects that Grete brings are garbage which implies that giving food to Gregor is analogous to throwing it away Thus this passage as presented by the narrator can be interpreted in two different ways it can be perceived from Gregors point of view in which the feeding is an act of kindness or it can be seen from a more realistic point of view in which the family is simply giving him food that would have been thrown out anyway The fact that this passage can be read in two different ways from personal perspective or an external perspective indicates its ambiguous tone This ambiguity is again portrayed when the sister cleans Gregors room Gregor observes that Grete always pushes the chair back to the same place at the window and even leaves the inner casements
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