A Summary of Franz Kafka's 'Metamorphosis'

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Metamorphosis Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis is a chilling story of a man named Gregor, who wakes one morning to find himself transformed into a giant insect. As expected, his family is shocked, but tries to adjust to the situation. However, over time his family comes to reject him and sees his continued existence as a burden. Wishing him dead, his family gets their wish when Gregor finally dies and his loss is then seen as a blessing. Although the author meant this tale to be symbolic of the alienation one can develop towards society, it can also be reinterpreted to be symbolic of illness in society and the reaction towards the sick. One of the first things that happens when Gregor Samsa wakes to find himself transformed into giant insect is that he is unable to get up and go to work as a traveling salesman. In fact, because he is unused to his new body, he is unable to do anything but lay in his bed. As a result, his boss comes to his house and inquires about him, but as an insect, Gregor is unable to communicate and explain his situation. When he reveals himself, his boss is so shocked that he runs away and Gregor loses his job. Gregor's transformation is much like the development of an illness in modern society. For instance, when a person develops AIDS, they are sometimes the object of fear to those around them. Like Gregor's transformation, their disease becomes disruptive to their work, and as a result, many with serious illnesses end up losing their jobs. And
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