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The Vicissitude Of Gregor Samsa Essay

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The definition of alienation is the state or experience of being isolated from a group or an activity to which one should belong or in which one should be involved. In other words, it means to feel as if one if rejected, or has no support/acceptance from others. The story of the Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka tells the elaborate and uncanny story of a man Gregor who wakes up one morning as a large human-size insect. The starting sentence was "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.” (Page 1156, column 1). After this sentence, the story only progressed in peculiarity. Gregor was an introvert in his life. Hence, ...view middle of the document...

Mr. Samsa did not work, and held Gregor responsible for paying off debts. Gregor was unhappy with his job, but knew it was the only way to support his family. Even saying, "...If I didn't hold back for my parents' sake, I would have quit long ago." (Page 1157, column 5). When Gregor's transformation occurred he experienced difficulty moving and getting out of bed. His first concern when he came to a realization of being a huge insect was how he would continue work. After being incredibly late, his manger decided to come pay him a visit. His manager told him iirritably, "Your performance of late has been very unsatisfactory…there is no such thing, Mr. Samsa, such a thing cannot be tolerated."(Page 1162, Column 1). This upset Gregor, but he was also unable to talk, due to being a bug. When his manager eventually saw what he had turned in to, he was repulsed, and only "looked back at Gregor only over his twitching shoulder."(Page 1165, Column 2). From Gregor becoming a bug he was now even more alienated from his work life than before. Coincidentally, Gregor was also alienated from his family. His work as well caused him not to spend as much time with his family, but this also resulted back to his father laying the responsibilities on him. But, because of his work, he was kept away from his family both physically and mentally. Before the metamorphosis, Gregor was quiet and spent no real quality time with his family. The only person he was somewhat close with was his sister Grete, which is humorous because she was the only helping family member to Gregor when he changed. Grete had an affinity for Gregor when he changed, and also felt it was essentially her duty to watch over him. She would be the main caretaker for him; always bring him food and making sure his situation was somewhat comfortable. Though, when it came to the finale she was the one who spoke "...things can't go on like this...we have to try to get rid of...

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