Kafka characterizes Gregor as a silent individual who maintains little contact with society which implies isolation towards his family due to the lack of expressing his emotions. One major issue Gregor undergoes throughout his work life includes his distrust to others. Since his existence revolves around his job and constant travels, he becomes precaution of “locking all the doors during the night even at home,” therefore blocking humanity along with his family (Kafka 6). By securing his room in his own parent’s home proves his total seclusion and insecure th...
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...-present understanding of their self-image. Likewise, the fact that one focuses on others before self may also impact an individual’s view of their importance to society. Finally through the epiphany, Kafka and Shaffer recaps the fact that through Gregor’s and Alan’s isolation, they benefit by containing the ability of gaining better knowledge of what makes them satisfied. Therefore, through the experience of hiding inner emotions and destruction of self for the desires of others brings the realization of gaining no pleasure, which then directs the main characters in changing their view of life in order for self peace. Also, not only do they no longer hold pain in their lives, they accrue relief within their souls.
Kafka, Franz. The Metamorphosis. Trans. Stanley Corngold. New York: Bantam, 1972.
Shaffer, Peter. Equus. New York, Scribner, 1973
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