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Gregor Samsa's Isolation In The Metamorphisis By Franz Kafka

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Franz Kafka uses his short story, “The Metamorphosis”, to portray the isolation associated with alienation from society, displayed by his character Gregor Samsa. The effects of isolation and alienation are utilized to demonstrate the necessity of interaction and social inclusion for all individuals. Alienation is the process in which someone becomes foreign to the world that they are living in. The relevance of alienation in society is represented through several pieces of modern literature such as the painting “Alienation Nightmare” by Sabu, the song “One” by Three Dog Night, and the film X-Men: The Last Stand. Gregor was alienated from his job and his family, shown through his lack of concern after his metamorphosis into a bug. “As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect”. Gregor awakes in his room with the same feeling that he goes to sleep with every night, the desire to be accepted by his family and society. Following the completion of his transformation, Gregor feels completely estranged living in his room and environment. “But the empty high-ceilinged room in which he was forced to lie flat on the floor made him nervous, without his being able to tell why – since it was, after all, the room in which he had lived for the past five years…he scuttled under the couch”. The foreign feeling that Gregor displays, is his feeling of alienation from human society as a whole. He becomes a bug in mind and body, and loses all aspirations he once conveyed about being accepted into society. This damaging sense of alienation is felt by millions of people all over the world and visually represented in the painting “Alienation Nightmare” by Sabu.
Sabu painted “Alienation Nightmare” in 1996. This painting portrays an individual in complete disconnect from society. A person that never feels “normal”, they are only at peace when left to their own thoughts. It is seen as weird and a freak, but only searches for a place to call home. The person looks different and has never been truly accepted by his family or “friends”. The safety of isolation coaxes the inner destructive...

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