Analysis Of Franz Kafka 's ' The Metamorphosis '

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An Unconscious Reality The psychologist, Sigmund Freud, states that every human has a conscious and unconscious mind. In the unconscious mind it is said the people suppress their hidden feelings which may affect the way they think. Freud says one way humans express their hidden feeling is through dreams. This idea is the foundation for the dream interpretation of “The Metamorphosis.” Dreams have the capacity to encapture events that never happen in reality. They connect with how people reflect their true feelings about a situation or themselves. Throughout “The Metamorphosis”, the author, Kafka, uses Gregor’s repressed feelings incorporated with the dull setting and Gregor’s transformation to support the idea that Gregor is dreaming. The story’s main character, Gregor Samsa, is a traveling salesman who works strenuously every day to support his entire family since none of them provide for the family.. However, despite all of his hard work Gregor receives nothing in return from his family for his dedication to them. One day before work Gregor wakes up as a bug which is the first hint that this story is a dream. When describing a dream scenario authors often use dullness and fog to express the setting. One can assume that the narrator wants to portray a dream setting when he says, “he could have believed that he looked out of his window into a desert in which the gray sky and the gray earth merged indistinguishably” (Kafka 130). The gray is in this quote resembles the haziness
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