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Monday, August 5, 2013

The Metamorphosis

 The Metamorphosis is exactly what it says; Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesman, wakes up one morning as a disgusting and horrifying bug. He tries to talk to his family and his boss, but winds up terrifying them. He lays in his room trying to adapt to his new body. His 16 year old sister picks up the task of cleaning his room and bringing him food. While he is very grateful for her doings, she doesn't know. She sees her brothers as an atrocious bug. The family is slowing losing more and more money, so they rented out 3 of the rooms in the house. Gregor wrecked that plan. One night, while his sister was playing violin for the roomers, Gregor wandered into the living room only to be run back into his room. The family talks of giving up hope that Gregor will ever actually come back. They feel as if they must get rid of the bug. The next morning, Gregor is found dead in his room. All of the other reviews I have read on this book have said it has a deep underlying message; fear, loneliness, and isolation. I feel like I missed that part of the book. If Kafka would have written more of Gregor's feelings in the book, it may have made more sense.

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