Summary Of Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis

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The Magical and Absurd Story of a Bug
Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” is about the dehumanization of a man named Gregor, when he wastes his life monotonously repeating the same task every day to support his uncaring family. The lack of purpose in his life is an example of absurdist fiction, a genre of fictional narrative that uses satire and irrationality to explore the human experience of meaninglessness. Furthermore, “The Metamorphosis” uses aspects of magical realism such as transformation of common, distortion of time and loss of identity, featured in other magical realism works such as “Axolotl” and “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World”. Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” has both absurdist fiction and magical realism traits, therefore it should not only be classified as magical realism but a combination of both.
“The Metamorphosis” is a prime example of absurdist fiction, through the use of satire of Kafka’s life and the meaninglessness and irrationality of Gregor’s life. Gregor works ridiculous hours, starting his work from four in the morning to late at night, “He’s been here the last 8 days and has stayed home every single evening. He just sits there quietly at the table reading a newspaper or through railway timetables” (Kafka 96). Lacking friends and love from his family all he cares about is providing for his family. He keeps barely any money for himself and he is saving up his own personal money for a tuition to a music school for his sister. When Gregor is
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