Self-Discovery in Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and Equus by Peter Shaffer

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Through the incorporation of figurative language in both Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and Equus by Peter Shaffer, they set the characters in isolation during the experience of hiding emotions and focusing on other’s needs in order for the undergoing of self-discovery and peace within self. Therefore analyzing the behavior that occurs during the process and the aftermath of their seclusion will determine the success of their accomplishment with the breakthrough of peace. When comparing the two texts along with their historical context of sense of loss and alienation of individuals, the main characters, Gregor Samsa and Alan Strang, undergo the allusion of isolation and finds the understanding of self. Through the merging of …show more content…
Due to his tragic metamorphosis, he then realizes his need for “shut[ing] himself all together” in order for his family’s relief (Kafka 29). Also, when alienating self, it encourages Gregor’s belief that he trifles his family. Since he causes grief among them, it pushes his isolation and relationship blockage further with his family. Thus, his silence and insecurity causes him to gradually think of his self happiness rather than their judgment. Likewise, Shaffer also characterizes Alan as isolating towards society and his family. Most importantly, Alan has a way of avoiding questions by either ignoring them or contain an ulterior motive of changing the subject. Therefore when ask:
DYSART: What did he say in Court?
HESTHER: Nothing. He just [sings].
DYSART: [Sings]?
HESTHER: Any time anyone ask[s] him anything. (Shaffer 1.2)
This encounter leads to his hiding of emotions and truth. Hence, Alan attempt in subduing society’s involvement with his life and hiding his inner thoughts. Also through his actions, others view him as diverse from society. Since Alan defends his emotions and isolates himself, when someone observes him, they see him as “a modern citizen for whom society doesn’t exist” (Shaffer 2.25). Through society’s surveillance of Alan, it proves his alienation and abnormality among others. Due to that, Alan continues to hide emotions, which causes pain to self. However, once he stops hiding the truth, he will then realize
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