Franz Kafka 's The Metamorphosis

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When Franz Kafka first penned his short novel The Metamorphosis in 1915, he had no idea that it would become one of the most influential pieces of fiction of the twentieth century, continuously being studied in colleges and universities across the Western world. The novel rotates around the life of a man named Gregor Samsa, who wakes up on a routine day, and suddenly finds himself transformed into an insect. As the story progresses, the reader can see how Gregor’s physical transformation triggers different emotions among the Samsa family. The situation is far from quintessential, and as a result of this sudden transfiguration, each person in the family changes drastically. While Gregor went through a horrid physical transformation, he may not have been the only family member who went through a metamorphosis. Although Gregor’s mother and father both changed characteristics throughout the book, specifically Gregor’s sister changed the most. Although Gregor transformed physically, his sister Grete went through the most realistic transformation both mentally and emotionally, as her character changed dramatically from the beginning to the end of the book, for better or for worse. When Grete first entered the world of The Metamorphosis, the audience could identify her as a defenseless adolescent who shows pity towards her older brother Gregor. In the beginning of the book, commiseration for her brother presents the fact that Grete was very close to her brother before the…
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