Wrapping Up “The Metamorphosis” Essay

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An effective literary work does not merely stop or cease; it concludes. In the view of some critics, a work that does not provide the pleasure of significant closure has terminated with an artistic fault. Franz Kafka had this in mind as he concluded his novella “The Metamorphosis”. Although the reader is left to adjust to the cloud of ambiguity that the ending puts into place, one can also infer that the term “metamorphosis” does not only apply to the main protagonist, Gregor Samsa, but is a theme or concept that can be applied to a majority of the characters in the novella.
As Kafka draws the story to an end, we see that the original interest Gregor’s family had for him nearing an end ...view middle of the document...

Grete’s metamorphosis was stimulated from that of her brother. At the end, like a butterfly breaking out of its cocoon, Grete’s metamorphosis from a girl to a woman is complete as she “stretched her young body”.
However, Kafka doesn’t let us lose sight of Gregor completely. Gregor also plays a role in the successful conclusion of the novella. Kafka underscores the idea of isolation in the story especially when Gregor’s family loses interest in caring for him rendering his room to a prison cell. His room is even used as a storage space at this point the story. Kafka also uses irony here to because almost simultaneously, Gregor also loses interest in his family. He even became upset when his family was engaged in an argument in the living room because “no one thought about shutting the door and sparing him the sight of [the] commotion.” Kafka shows us how Gregor begins to drastically isolate himself from a family that alienated him. It’s almost as if Gregor had given up on trying to maintain his humanity altogether. Kafka also makes this evident through his use of diction. Gregor is described more and more here as a roach than a human as “…he carted around with him...

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