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What is the similarity between an old man waiting to die and a person who is considering suicideThe use of depiction the death of protagonists in The Thief and the Dogs by Naguib Mahfouz and in The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka to show the theme a man starts dying when he starts living in the past reveals several similarities along with one primary differences in the way the author demonstrate the theme However Mahfouzs portrayal of the death of the protagonist demonstrates the theme more clearly than Kafka The Thief and The Dogs is a novel written portraying Egypt after the revolution where the protagonist Said was released from prison to find his new life the opposite of the old one He was driven by revenge and rage and found his end achieving nothingThe protagonist of both books went through a big obstacle in their life stopping them from moving on In The Thief and the Dogs Said Mahran was released from jail in the beginning of the novel The reason for his imprisonment as we learn later from the stream of consciousness writing used by Mahfouz is the treachery of his wife Nabawiyya and follower Ilish Sidra They informed the police about Saids burglary and while her husband is in prison Nabawiyya who has borne Said one daughter took the chance to wed Ilish The news reached the imprisoned protagonist bringing along with it tremendous pain and anger From the moment revenge is what he sought This is shown in page 43 when Said was talking to his old mentor My past hasnt yet allowed me to consider the future It is at this point when Saids future is less important to him than the past that he starts dying In a similar way Gregor Samsa woke up in the beginning of The Metamorphosis to find himself transformed in a gigantic bug Moreover he finds out he could not get up from bed and
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