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In Franz Kafkas novella The Metamorphosis and in Jerzy Kosinskis The Painted Bird the protagonists are subjected to a societal alienation However Gregor Samsa in The Metamorphosis and the boy in The Painted Bird cope with this alienation through different tactics and as a result their success varies When he lifted his head a little he saw his vaulted brown belly sectioned by arch-shaped ribs to whose dome the cover about to slide off completely could barely cling His many legs pitifully thin compared with the size of the rest of him were waving helplessly before his eyes Gregor Samsa has gone through a metamorphosis This change has turned Gregor from a human being into a monstrous vermin Kafka expresses the anxieties and inner terrors which fill Gregors life throughout the novel The novel opens with Gregor in his monstrous state late for work He infers that his job as a traveling salesman is very consequential yet he is growing tired and frustrated The upset of doing business is much worse than the actual business in the home office and besides Ive got the torture of traveling worrying about changing trains eating miserable food at all hours constantly seeing new faces no relationships that last or get more intimate To the devil with it all Gregor has a great amount of fury towards his job which eventually led to his anger towards society as a whole The fact that his office manager showed up at Gregors house plays an immense role in creating trepidation and anxieties in Gregors mind Gregor feels strangled by his job and is too weak to tolerate the pressure In addition to the pressure created by his office manager and society the Samsas especially Gregors father take advantage of him Gregor earns the basic income to support his family He was the only family member with a job believing he was the only one capable of it Sacrificing his social life
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