The Metamorphosis

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The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis can be categorized as the type of book that is relevant to today's society and to Franz Kafka's expectations of the kind of books one should read. This book conveys a principled story that can be applicable to society. Kafka bought out many elements of his quotes in his writing of The Metamorphosis. According to him, one should only read books that would wound or stab them, in which he implied the kind of books that would make an impact on the audience.

The Metamorphosis is a short story about Gregor Samsa, a man who devotes his life to his family and work, for nothing in return. Only when he is transformed into a helpless insect, then he begins to develop a self-identity and understanding of the relationships around him. The Metamorphosis shows an existential view that says any choice a person makes will govern the later course of his or her life.

In this case, Gregor's lack of identity has caused him to be numb to everything around him.

From reading this book, one can learn the value of aspiration. "If I didn't hold back for my parents' sake, I would have quit long ago." (p.1084). Kafka gives a strong impression that Gregor is extremely devoted to his work and is the breadwinner for his family. His life is like a drone in an ant colony, which fits the explanation to Kafka's logic when he transformed Gregor into an insect. Through his insect transformation, Gregor abandoned his obligations to society and instead devoted the rest of his life to himself. As a result, Gregor's family quickly grew to resent him as a burden to the household.

According to Kafka's biography, Gregor's life is a mirror of his own life. He had "explored the potentially...