Kafka dislikes his work and jobs and he reflects that into Gregor Samsa in his novel. Samsa is a hardworking man who works every day for years without missing a single day. Gregor is a traveling salesman, so not many people like or appreciate him. He shows his hate for his job when he says, “What a grueling job I’ve picked! Day in, day out-on the road” (Kafka 2). Gregor says he does not want this awful job and once he pays off his family’s debt to his boss, he will find another job immediately. These feelings are not just Gregor’s, but they are also Franz Kafka’s. Kafka worked at an insurance company, which he hated, for almost a year. One author says, “He was unhappy with his working time schedule - from 8 p.m until 6 a.m - as it made it extremely difficult for him to concentrate on his writing” (Nervi). To focus on his passion, writing, he quit his job and joined a less demanding insurance company. There, Kafka was known as a hard working employee, just like Gregor, but he could also work on his writing (Nervi). Both the author and his character had the same feelings about work and jobs.
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...’t eat anything for such a long time... As a matter of a fact, Gregor’s body was completely dry and flat” (Kafka 52). Starvation and dehydration were other key health factors that led ruining Gregor’s life, or in other words, kill him. Kafka made these health injuries a special point to reflect his life into the story.
By using Gregor Samsa and other characters in The Metamorphosis, the author, Franz Kafka, incorporates his life and his opinions and beliefs into the novel. He does this with several different views of his including his opinions about work and family. He also shows his opinions about the health of people and how it can affect a person and also about how people’s lives are affected by how unusual they are. While Kafka may not have been trying to put himself into the story, he made a very similar character who has the same thoughts and beliefs as Kafka.
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