Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis Literary Analysis

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In Franz Kafka’s novel The Metamorphosis, the reader is told the story of a hard working business man, by the name of Gregor Samsa, who one day wakes up to a problem that changes his life. The readers are automatically hooked with the first line where Gregor is waking up from restless dreams to find that he has turned into a “monstrous verminous bug” overnight. As he struggles to move around and go back to sleep, to try and forget the situation, he starts to think of his job and how it has taken over his life but he cannot leave it because of his parent’s debt that he is trying to pay off. With the repetitive motifs of money and food, the story goes around the themes of alienation and the absurdity of life. The reader sees these themes being used when Gregor’s change happens. He isolates himself in his room without being able to speak to anyone if need be and when his sister, Grete, does go into his room to change his food and tidy the place up, he hides under the couch, with a blanket over him, so that his sister does not get …show more content…

The family tries to keep them from finding out the secret so that they don’t get scared and leave. Once the lodgers see Gregor they immediately grab their stuff and leave, causing Gregor’s family to lose the chance at getting money. Relative to this conflict is the one of John Proctor in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Proctor has committed adultery and has been keeping it a secret from everyone. When he finally tells the truth about the affair he is too late and ends up being called a liar and then accused of witchcraft by the court. His attempt at honesty backfires and destroys him. The way both Proctor and Gregor’s family try to keep a secret for their own benefit and when the truth comes out it backfires on them shows an example of external

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