The Relationship Between Gregor and Samsa Essay

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The meaning of life and existence is a question that has been thoroughly explored in literature. As time, people, and philosophies have evolved, interpretations of life and existence have evolved along with them. Among the literary pioneers who have explored the meaning and purpose of existence, Franz Kafka is one to be noted and studied. A follower of the existentialism movement, he made it a point explore existential philosophy in his literary works. In Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, the main character Gregor Samsa is the parallel to Franz Kafka which is evident through the portrayal of their similar paternal relationships, ties to existentialism, and their inability to exist without the interference of others. The main character,…show more content…
Gregor’s family more thoroughly embodied the title of vermin than Gregor does. For years they were useless and parasitic towards Gregor. The life of Gregor Samsa and Franz Kafka is extremely similar and it is illustrated with the literary work The Metamorphosis. It is through this novella that Kafka illustrates his beliefs in the existential philosophy. Throughout The Metamorphosis, Kafka illustrates the relationship between Gregor and Mr. Samsa fully, to the extent that their almost identical relationships become overt through Kafka’s illustrations in his novella. Both Gregor and Franz despise their vocational bondage but are imprisoned by their sense of familial loyalty and devotion. Gregor despises his occupation as a traveling salesmen. When he reflects on his occupation he thinks “what a strenuous occupation” (Kafka 14). After his moment of reflection Gregor comes to a realization and saying “to the devil with it all” (Kafka 14). Franz Kafka knew all too well the struggles of working an unfulfilling job to satisfy a father. Kafka attended a German school and then studied law at German University in Prague. Although he strove for academic excellence it was not for his own satisfaction. For, “His studies and professional life seemed an effort to win his father’s elusive approval, and Kafka spent most of his life frustrated at the lack of time he could devote to writing……..
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