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Axolotl And Julio Cortázar's Metamorphosis

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The short story, Axolotl, by Julio Cortázar shares a distinct connection to the short novel, The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka. Both stories use the plot device of a human being transformed into an animal or bug, while still retaining their human sentience. Both authors use this device to frame the idea that the human soul is, in a way, imprisoned within a physical body that restrains the soul to an elemental, animal-like, existence.
In Axolotl, after the narrator comes to the realization that his consciousness is trapped within the body of an axolotl, he is horrified by the fact that with his “human mind intact, buried alive in an axolotl, [he is] condemned to move lucidly among unconscious creatures.” Immediately after this realization,
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