Metamorphosis Essay

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Jade 7th Period September 16, 2013 Gregor Samsa: A Self-Sacrificing Yet Agonized Christ Figure In multiple books the main character can connect and relate to Jesus Christ and be seen as a Christ figure. The relation to Jesus may not be seen directly, but when you look at the text indirectly, the character of the book can connect to one, or possibly more, of Jesus' characteristics. In The Metamorphosis, a novella written by Franz Kafka, the main character, Gregor, goes through a challenging transformation into a bug which affects his whole family. Due to the magical realism of the book, the family takes the metamorphosis lightly. However, because Gregor supported them prior to his transformation, they are now left helpless. Gregor can be viewed as a Christ figure due to his suffering and altruistic behavior. One characteristic that makes Gregor a Christ figure, is his sense of agony. “For because he [Jesus] himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted” (Hebrews 2:18). Jesus went through multiple levels of agony, and throughout The Metamorphosis, Gregor experiences agony through both pain, both physical and mental/emotional. After “hurling apple after apple” (Kafka 26), Mr. Samsa causes Gregor a great deal of pain. One, being the physical pain from which the apple causes when lodged in Gregor's back, and the second, being the emotional pain from his father's abuse. Mr. Samsa no longer accepts Gregor and even resents him for causing the family such pain and inconvenience, which causes Gregor to feel even more alienated than he already is. Another source of agony for Gregor is when he is struggling to hold on to his humanity. After making the boarders run for their lives, Gregor's sister, Grete, confesses to her father that they must get rid of Gregor, or at least the bug that is supposed to be him. After Gregor hears this, he

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