The main character of the novel is Gregor Samsa who is forced to endure a horrific transformation of his physical appearance. The neglect that his family members extend to him throughout his conversion finally ends with his complete alienation from his family. The story starts off with the struggles that Gregor faces getting used to his new body, Kafka described him as “he lay on his tough armored back” (Kafka, 2012). This can be used as a metaphor for all the stress and pressure that he felt from his family and job. His tough armored back is a reference to the amount of ‘weight’ that he has on his shoulders and the strength that he exudes to try and bring his family out of...
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...cast or a burden of some sort which is exactly what Gregor becomes through his transformation in Kafka’s Metamorphosis. He is not only aliened by the general public but by his own family. Although his sister, Grete, and his mother show him sympathy for his condition in the beginning, that remorse quickly fades into loathing due to the extra burden that he becomes to his family. When Gregor dies in the end of the story, there is still no compassion or recognition from his family, just relief of being rid of him.
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