From Parallel Worlds in Franz Kafka´s The Metamorphosis and Albert Camus´ The Myth of Sisyphus

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The saying, “same stuff different story,” comes into play. Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and Albert Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphus each have a protagonist that lives in an absurd world. Gregor Samsa and Sisyphus go through some type of change or punishment that makes their existence insignificant. Gregor Samsa becomes a metaphorical and physical “bug” to his family and must spend the rest life this way. Sisyphus is punished by the Gods and must spend the rest of his life pushing a massive boulder up a hill. I claim that the metamorphosis of Gregor Samsa is similar to the world of Sisyphus, because the two characters are conscious that they cannot escape their fates. Samsa and Sisyphus both have their same respective mind sets; however, they react to situations in different manners.
Samsa and Sisyphus have their human minds, which make them conscious of their fates. Samsa, in his new stage, can still think like a regular human being, yet he cannot act like one. While Sisyphus releases the boulder from the top of the hill, he knows that the boulder will go back down, but he does not have the power to prevent the boulder from going down hill. The two still have common knowledge, yet they are not capable of changing their fate. The characters do not have the same free will as they use to, yet they still have free minds. Both Sisyphus and Samsa know that no matter what they do, they cannot return to their old lives. The two live…

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