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Kafka's Metamorphosis Essay

analytical Essay
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The actions found in Kafka’s The Metamorphosis show more than a basic portrayal of existentialism or the blatant absurdity of the world depicted in the text. Kafka is able to expose the true motive of self centered beings through the acts of betrayal in The Metamorphosis. Throughout the story, Gregor is seemingly punished despite the actuality of him deserving a reward for his actions of helping his family. The first betrayal occurs long before the story begins. Gregor betrays himself when he gives up his own life to live for his parents and pay off their debt. One would think that he would be rewarded for taking on the task himself, but the exact opposite happens. Gregor is turned into a “horrible vermin” (Kafka 1). The absurdity of this is …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how kafka exposes the true motive of self-centered beings through the acts of betrayal in the metamorphosis.
  • Analyzes how gregor betrays himself when he gives up his life to live for his parents and pay off their debt, but the absurdity of this is ignored by him.
  • Analyzes how gregor's family punishes him with a twisted form of compassion — they spare his life, but trap him in his room, and never try to communicate with him.
  • Explains that the samsa family survived because of the compassion of their family or close friends, which is overcome by arrogance.
  • Analyzes how gregor is pushed away because he is different. people are isolated and alienated because of their race or nationality, appearance, way of speaking, or stereotypes.
  • Analyzes how gregor is a bug, but still possesses the thoughts of human. his external appearance does not affect his mind and remains completely disconnected from the state of his body.
  • Analyzes how every act of betrayal in kafka's the metamorphosis shows that the true focus of a human being is self.

People can be pushed away because of their race or nationality, appearance, way of speaking, or stereotypes. They are isolated and alienated, because arrogance and fear of judgement get in the way of meeting a potentially good person. Because of his job, Gregor didn’t have close friends or any quality relationships. He was already isolated because of his job, but after his transformation, he was also alienated. He was pushed away until he was no longer considered family. Throughout the entire story, Gregor is a bug, but still possesses the thoughts of a human. His external appearance does not affect his mind and remains completely disconnected from the state of his body. He physically turned into an animal, but mentally, he continued to be human. Every act of betrayal in Kafka’s The Metamorphosis shows that the true focus of a human being is self. Gregor is the only one who is lucky enough to be freed from arrogance when he gives his life to live for his parents and his sister. This is further shown when he is turned from a human into a bug. He can no longer identify as human, a being whose focus is on self, because his focus is not on himself, but rather on his family. Kafka is able to expose that the true motive of human beings is simply to please

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