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Unformatted text preview: Cason 1 Andrew Cason English 205-04 Essay One Prof. Bunch February 1, 2008 Samsa and Kafka One question that really bugs (pun intended) Kafka readers is, why does Gregor Samsa transform into a gigantic insect? At first glance Gregors metamorphosis seems absurd and unjust. Our first impression is that Gregor does not deserve his misfortune. Gregor appears to be a compassionate, good-natured person, who obviously cares for his family. An obstacle for further understanding is that one only receives one side of the story Gregors side. The narrator is speaking in the third person limited providing an objective view of Gregors plight. This point of view gives the reader an overwhelming sense of sympathy for Gregor that, though very understandable, is not entirely fair; but within Gregors perspective we see clues leading to the repressed truth of his situation. Once Gregor is taken out of the readers sympathetic eye and subjected to psychoanalysis, one can see that he is just a disturbed individual subconsciously a self-destructive narcissist who wills this terrible episode upon himself. Gregors transformation into an enormous insect (qtd in DiYanni 612) is clearly a reflection of his mental state. Gregor feels powerless and insignificant because of his obligation to his family to pay back their debts; the stress of being a traveling salesman; and the unwavering authorities that keep him inline. Also, Gregors self sacrifice is not rewarded - his family does not give him the status and praise he desires. His successes at work translated directly into cash that he could lay on the table at home before his astonished and pleased family. Those had been fine times, but they never Cason 2 reoccurred They simply got used to it They gratefully accepted his money, and he gladly offered it, but that special warmth did not reappear. (qtd in DiYanni 625)gladly offered it, but that special warmth did not reappear....
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