The Metamorphosis Essay

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The Metamorphosis English Comp. II/Study of Literature Jeannine McDevitt February 15th, 2012 Kathryn Sylvia Thesis: In The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka shows the multiple transformations of the main characters and how they individually deal with the experience. When something traumatic happens, people respond to the trauma in a variety of ways. Some people may choose fear and some may choose bravery, while others grow and mature from the ordeal. In The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka shows the multiple transformations of the main characters and how they individually deal with the experience. The most obvious transformation would be that of the main character, Gregor Samsa, and his metamorphosis into a giant insect. Not only does his physical appearance transform, but his psychological well-being changes as well: Often he lay there throughout the long nights, not sleeping a wink and just scrabbling on the leather for hours. Or else, undaunted by the great effort of shoving an armchair to the window, he would crawl to the sill and, propping himself up on the chair, lean against the panes, evidently inspired by some memory of the sense of freedom that he used to experience looking out the window. (293) Eventually, Gregor goes into a state of depression because he does not have any human interaction and wants his family to acknowledge him. Additionally, another main character, and Gregor’s sister, Grete, has a transformation. In the beginning of the story, Grete is described as, “…still a child at seventeen and whose life it would be a pity to disturb, since it consisted of wearing nice clothes, sleeping late, helping out with the housework, enjoying a few modest amusements, and most of all, playing the violin?” (293). She gradually evolves maturity-wise because she has to take care of Gregor and has to get a job to help support

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