Symbolism In Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis

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Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis is a fictional story that illustrates an extreme example of how life can be a curse. In the beginning of this story, the main character, Gregor Samsa, wakes up transformed as a gigantic cockroach. Not too much later, his family and employer are shocked to see his new form, and immediately begin to act differently towards him. Throughout the story Gregor experiences being set apart from his family and the outside world, at the same time becoming more accustomed to his new body. At the end, Gregor passes away from injures and by starving himself. Because of Gregor’s death his family becomes relieved and even happy that they are now freed from Gregor’s presence. By examining the use of setting, plot, and symbolism in this story one can easily see how Kafka presents the theme. The setting reveals the theme of this story by having the story unfold mainly inside one confined area, Gregor’s bedroom. “His room, a proper human room although a little too small, lay peacefully between its four familiar walls.” (Kafka paragraph 2). “Gregor then turned to look out the window at the dull weather.” (Kafka paragraph 3). According to these quotes, Gregor had a small room with only one window. His room sets up the gloomy and dark theme, because his room becomes more like a jail cell than anything else. When the family first sees Gregor in his new form, they were shocked and never wanted Gregor to leave his room. The only occasional interaction he would get from

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