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The Metamorphosis : Gregor's Upbring In His Metamorphosis

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Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis is a short story written during the nineteenth century. The Metamorphosis takes place during the Modernist Era. The novella was not meant to be published because Franz Kafka specifically said to his close friend that he wants his works to be burned. Unfortunately, Kafka suffered from tuberculosis and passed away. His close friend, Max Brod, reviewed his work and decided to not fulfill Kafka’s wish by publishing his work. Gregor Samsa’s transformation into a vermin has shown the lost of humanity in which it will show the similarity between the main character and the narrator and the impact Gregor Samsa’s loved ones have on him.
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The moment when Gregor’s changing appearance has exposed to his family, they show their true form in behavior-wise towards Gregor. As Gavriel Ben-Ephraim explains in his article Making and breaking meaning: deconstruction, four-level allegory and “The Metamorphosis” shows Gregor and his father's complicated relationship :
The father now isolates Gregor, punishing the assertion of will and prohibiting the expression of desire. The violent denial of freedom again dramatizes the relationships that had existed before the metamorphosis. Previously, however, Gregor had been limited not by the father’s physical aggression, but by the family’s economic need. Now forcibly restricted to his room, he had earlier enclosed himself out of voluntary devotion, the demands of living for others isolating him from others. His life, as Bluma Goldstein notes, had long consisted of “obligations and responsibilities” that “demanded almost total sacrifice”. Sacrificing himself to a familial symbiosis, Gregor submits to a parasitism that drains his manhood. Indeed the metamorphosis represents a final symbiosis; Gregor reverses roles of parasite and host to take on the non-identity of a giant insect and assume the shape that sucks away life. Gregor’s life form created conflicts between him and his family in which he gets abused and treated badly. Gregor’s father, who up to that point had been relatively composed: instead of running after the chief clerk himself or at least not obstructing Gregor in his...

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