Compare The Metamorphosis And It's A Wonderful Life

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“The Metamorphosis” and “It’s a Wonderful Life”: The Importance of Family Support “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka and the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” by Francis Copler don’t seem to have a lot in common at first glance. One is an old novella taught in literature classes, and the other is a Christmas movie, but if you look closer you can see they share common themes of unhappiness, transformation, and dependence on family support. In both “The Metamorphosis” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” the main characters are unhappy in their lives, and go through a transformation where they see what their lives are like without them. We will examine the characters, the journeys they went through, and the different outcomes of similar experiences.…show more content…
Gregor’s transformation begins when he wakes up and is morphed into an insect, and watches his family’s lives progress without him able to support himself, let alone them. In both of the transformations, the two are self-sacrificing, and feel unappreciated. They are stuck in what they see as a dead end job. They are stuck in an unending cycle of work and drudgery, doing something they hate for others. Then there is a big problem in each of their lives. For George it’s the possible jail time, and for Gregor it’s morphing into a giant insect. With so many similarities between the two stories you might expect the outcomes to be the same, or at least similar, but they are surprisingly different. The difference between the two transformations can even be considered extremes. The two are opposites. George Bailey regains his humanity and enjoyment of life when he finds out how important to others and how loved he really is. He ends up a happy and wealthy man. Gregor on the other hand loses his humanity after finding that his family can support themselves and would be happier without him, and thru his family’s betrayal and neglect dies a sad death. George’s family base is strong and sturdy, and during his time of need they all pulled to help

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