Analysis Of Franz Kafka 's ' The Metamorphosis '

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Many authors use symbolism throughout their work and in their characters to portray a certain theme that most readers can relate to. Franz Kafka, a renowned German-speaking fiction writer of the 20th century, uses a unique style of writing that many people believe is a telling of his own life story. In his well-known short story, “The Metamorphosis”, many similarities and connections can be seen between the main character, Gregor Samsa, and the author himself, Franz Kafka. A major comparison that can be made is the fact that both Samsa and Kafka died slow, lonesome deaths after being in a dysfunctional relationship with their families and especially their father figures. Franz Kafka was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1917, which he was forced to live with until he died in 1924 at the age of forty-one. Kafka’s terminal disease can be compared to Gregor Samsa’s terminal metamorphosis, which also killed Gregor at a young age. Franz ‘Samsa’ Kafka inserts himself into the story “The Metamorphosis”, into the Samsa family, and into Gregor Samsa himself. In the short story “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka, the theme of transformation or metamorphosis is found numerous times throughout the text, starting with an extremely bizarre incident that initially pulls the reader into the story. The main character, Gregor Samsa, is randomly transformed into a giant insect. Not only does Gregor go through an obvious physical change, but he undergoes a psychological transformation as well,
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