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Exploration Of The Common Ground Occupied By The Metamorphosis And The Wasp Factory.

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Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka explores the troubles of a young man named Gregor. The Wasp Factory explores the troubles of a young "man" named Frank.

In Metamorphosis, the protagonist in the story is Gregor Samsa. He is a travelling salesman who awakes one morning to discover he has turned into an insect. It seems that Gregor's only use purpose in life is to work and support his family; this seems his own concern when he finds himself as an insect. "The next train went at seven o'clock; to catch that he would need to hurry like mad and his samples weren't even packed up, and he himself wasn't feeling particularly fresh and active" Gregor is alienated from by the ones who love him, much like the alienation of Frank in The Wasp Factory. Eventually, Gregor's close family reject him and let him down. As can be said because what Franks father did to him in The Wasp Factory. The antagonists in Metamorphosis are the people who rejected Gregor and forced him into isolation. Upon seeing Gregor as a bug, his boss runs away and his father locks him in his room. As time goes on Gregor's father feels less and less for his "son", he even becomes aggressive by throwing apples and wounding Gregor.

However, his "devoted" sister Grete still stays true to him, feeding him and moving furniture for him. Saying that, eventually Grete transforms into a selfish and resentful young woman who states she hates the bug. After being rejected by all humanity, Gregor retires to his room and dies.

The key theme of Franz Kafka's "Metamorphosis" is the idea of one man's isolation. After Gregor's transformation into an insect, his entire family rejects him. None of them think about how miserable Gregor feels after the transformation. Instead they worry about the effect the transformation will have on them personally, especially since Gregor is the sole bread-winner of the family. To add to his sense of isolation, Gregor must stand by and watch was is happening silently, he is powerless to speak, complain or criticise.

"'What has happened to me?' He thought", this is still in the 3rd person narrative, but gives a feel of being inside the novel. Much like a diary, or a story told by the main character, just like Frank tells his story in The Wasp Factory. At first the mood in Metamorphosis is extremely bizarre and fantastic, created by Gregor's transformation in to the insect. However, not long after the transformation, life in the Samsa household mood seems calm again, almost as if nothing has happened, let alone their loved one has turned into an insect, which is totally absurd. We know that Gregor is transformed into a bug, but we are only given a vague indication of what he looks like. "The rounded shell" indicates to me that he is much like a cockroach.

Gregor goes through a physical and mental metamorphosis during the story, just like Frank Cauldhame goes through in The Wasp Factory. In the beginning of the novella, Gregor seams somewhat emotionless, He has no...

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