The Metamorphosis, By ' Bartleby, The Scrivener, And Orientation

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The Importance of Identity Identity plays an important role in a person’s life. It determines how a person lives, acts, communicates, and defines themselves in the world around them. During this semester, we have read a handful of short stories that have to do with an individual’s identity. Three of those stories include, “The Metamorphosis,” by Franz Kafka; “Bartleby, the Scrivener,” by Herman Melville; and “Orientation,” by Daniel Orozco. Each of these short stories gives examples of how your work can influence a person’s identity and attempt to remove the personal factor from everyday life. Identity is established in a number of ways throughout each of these stories. In the first story, “The Metamorphosis,” the main character, Gregor, has a moment where his identity changes in a literal sense. Gregor is a hard working son who provides for his family as a traveling salesman, but suddenly he wakes up one morning to find himself turned into a slimy, and horrifying insect. As his life is dramatically altered, Gregor can only think of one thing; work. Even as Gregor is trying to force his shell like figure out of his bed he says, “’Before it reaches a quarter past seven, I must absolutely be out of bed without fail. Besides, by then someone from the office will be sent here to ask about me, since it opens at seven’” (Kafka). Even though he has transformed into a hideous monster, he is only concerned about the trouble he will be in at work, rather than his unique situation.

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