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In Kafkas The Metamorphosis the transformation of Gregor into a giant vermin is a very apparent metaphor which can be thought of in more than one way Kafka brings about change with the use of metaphors in the story In two ways change is brought about in The Metamorphosis The first is by allowing time and circumstances determine ones decisions The next way is by using courage and conviction to make ones own decisions Kafkas crafty use of metaphors throughout his story includes many uses of different items Finding the hidden and direct metaphors gives one a sense of adventure and challenge One may be inclined to associate this man turned bug as a grotesque display representing one of the lowest forms of life Gregors manager and family are repulsed by his unexplainable physical appearance Stunned the manager retreats out of the house in horror the mother falls to the floor in grief and the father in an attempt to get Gregor out of sight forces him into the doorway of his room Gregors beetle body is too large for the doorway and he finds himself stuck and unable to move when from behind his father gave him a strong push which was a truly liberating one and bleeding profusely Gregor sailed far into his room Kafka 24 Another way one might define the metaphor of this transformation is looking at Gregors disassociation with the human world A beetle cannot communicate in language therefore there is no way for Gregor to explain his predicament to anyone When he tried to explain to his manager why he wasnt at work on time the manager asked Did you understand a word and then he stated That was the voice of an animal Kafka18-19 Without language and with a hideous appearance Gregor in his new state is cut off from communication with the outside world and with his family One should assess that Kafka is using this metaphor
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