Franz Kafka’s short story, “Metamorphosis” illustrates how society fails to look beyond surface value. It is an allegory about disability and alienation. The main character, Gregor, transforms into a large bug. Although his appearance has changed, Gregor is still himself inside and is very sensitive to his family’s disappointment. Society plays a huge role in this because it wasn’t the change of appearance that killed Gregor; it was his family and manager’s response to what he had become. If society, or his family, were more accepting to an unfamiliar form, Gregor’s life may have been spared. Unfortunately his family refused to accept the “new” Gregor and ultimately began the ...

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There is clearly more to life than the shoes on your feet, or in this case, wings on your back. With an insect body, Gregor refused to leave his room. There is a hospital across the street, but Gregor will not receive medical treatment for fear that the neighbors would discover his fate. What ultimately killed Gregor was not the physical experience of becoming an insect; it was people's cruelty to him as a result. If society wasn’t so shallow then Gregor could’ve lead a normal life and walked among fellow insects.

Society puts so much pressure on being conventional, that Kafka’s own personality shines through Gregor’s life. Kafka was very similar to his character; he lived with his family all his life, never got married, held a lifeless job. In a way, Kafka lived the life of a bug. Not only from the aspect of perhaps someone mortally wounded and unable to take care of himself, but given the time frame of when the story was written, and all that was happening around him, ...

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Added: 3/30/2011 08:00:40 AM
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