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Literary argument - to earn money to fulfill materialistic things The materialistic mind set usually enslaves the individual and transforms Gregor

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Peter Yacoub Professor Stevenson 28 November 2005 English 1B “The Metamorphosis: Actual Human Superiority” The theme of "The Metamorphosis" written by Franz Kafka is modern man's sense of isolation. The story revolves around Gregor, the main character who works long hours in meaningless jobs around people who do not care about others while mankind seems to live a meaningless life. The story is about Gregor morphing into an insect. Kafka implies through his change that mankind is forced into an insect-like existence, no better than the bugs at the bottom of the natural order. When mankind tries to rise above their insect status and connect with humanity, as Gregor did when he emerged from his room to see his sister and listen to the violin, they are cruelly driven back into isolation, Kafka presents a tragic view of man's existence. Kafka also shows that mankind is driven by materialism, often to the exclusion of developing human relationships. Modern life demands that a person have a job
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Unformatted text preview: to earn money to fulfill materialistic things. The materialistic mind set usually enslaves the individual and transforms Gregor into a “beast” or insect who does not have time to care for others. Gregor is the perfect example because he hates his job as a salesman but keeps his job in order to provide material things for his family. In order to have and give financial security, he sacrifices a social life, companionship, pleasure, and dreams. His life is miserable, and he counts the days until he can quit his job. Ironically, the people that he supports and loves prove they have no depth of emotion for him. Once he cannot financially care for them, one by one his family leaves him, adding to his total misery. Gregor is literally left to climb the walls and die in total alimentation. Through him, Kafka is warning modern society that it is being forced into an existence similar to that of Gregor....
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2008 for the course ENG 1B taught by Professor Stevenson during the Spring '08 term at Saddleback.

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Literary argument - to earn money to fulfill materialistic things The materialistic mind set usually enslaves the individual and transforms Gregor

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