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Comparison Paper Black Girl written by Sembene Ousmane and The Metamorphosis written by Franz Kafka has many similar characteristics. There are examples of alienation, imprisonment, keeping the house together, and the fact that they were both treated like part of the family until they are pulled out of the ordinary walks of life in to situations they have no control over. The two stories are alike in the fact that the main characters are put into abnormal situations and have no control over their lives.Black girl focuses on a white American family living in Africa with black servants. When the family decides to move to France they want to take the servant girl, Diouana with them. Diouana is thrilled at the idea of this but does not realize the unhappiness she will come across when she moves out of a black country and into a white country. In The Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa, a sales man wakes up one morning to find out that he has turned into a bug. He is late to work and tries to get out of bed, but his thousands of legs will not allow him to move onto his back. His father and mother try to unlock his bedroom door while he tries to tell him in a voice that is not so human anymore that he is coming and will get ready as soon as possible. When his family finally see what he has become they no longer want to recognize that he is a part of them so they keep him locked up in his room where they soon forget about him.In both stories there is a form of alienation. The black girl is alienated because she goes with the family she trusts and loves to a county where she did not understand at first what she would be doing. Unlike Africa, France treats the African American race like they are rats or unworthy of being with the white population. Diouana shortly realizes that she can no longer go out and talk amongst the people or have fun when she wants to because she has to stay with the children constantly. She cannot do anything outside the walls of the home. She is alienated within the walls of the people she trusted and loved.In The Metamorphosis, Gregor is alienated within in own room and his family will not acknowledge the fact that he is a bug, so instead they lock him away and try to forget about him. The only person in his household that tries to help him is his sister. She brings...

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