Analysis Of ' The Metamorphosis ' Essay

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Ronald Blackwell
Valerie Thomas
English 1101
17 November 2016
On Being Human
Merriam-Webster Online defines “dehumanization” as, “to deprive of human qualities, personality, or spirit” (Merriam-Webster) This means that a person is denied their own personal opinions, characteristics, or dreams, in favor of another person overriding them in favor of their own or for none. Deprivation of these things separates an individual from the fact that there is a person that is being dealt with in a given situation. This dehumanization can take place for a variety of reasons, ranging from self-loathing and an unfulfilling existence to an attempt to distance oneself from an undesirable event or occurrence. It can also range from an overt set of actions as a person is changed, to willful ignorance, malicious or otherwise, of an individual’s dreams or goals.
Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”, in which the main character, Gregor Samsa, awakens to find himself changed, contains several obvious examples of this dehumanization. He has become vermin of some kind, no longer even human. Deprived even of basic human form, and transfigured into a repulsive creature, this might be the simplest form of dehumanization that can be displayed. As obvious as this display, it may simply be an overt example of Gregor’s own disgust with himself. Rather than an actual transformation, the metamorphosis of the title is Gregor’s personal viewpoint of himself as being without worth or value. His behavior becomes

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