Alienation In The Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka

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Metamorphosis is defined as “a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means”. In Franz Kafka's novella, The Metamorphosis the protagonist Gregor is alienated from the things he once cared about which strips himself from the bourgeoisie lifestyle after his physical metamorphosis and this change liberated him. The alienation started with Gregor’s work and then slowly each family member soon became more and more disgusted with him. When Gregor died, he became officially liberated from all these things that were slowly destroying him. Gregor is alienated from his family when he goes through metamorphosis. Living the bourgeoisie lifestyle, Gregor isn’t satisfied with his life. He goes to work everyday and then comes home when he’s not traveling. Ever since his father’s business came crashing down 5 years ago, Gregor has been the only source of income for his family and that has put a burden on him. He claims that, “If I didn’t hold back for my parents sake, I would have quit a long time ago, (4). His family is the only reason Gregor is working. Once Gregor goes through his metamorphosis and becomes a grotesque bug, his family alienates Gregor. In his family, he was closest to his sister, Grete and that relationship soon faded after his metamorphosis. In recognition, “He realized from this that the sight of him was still repulsive to her and was bound to remain repulsive to her in the future,”(33) There was no

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