The theme of isolation is the dominant theme inMetamorphosis, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, and Madea.In Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa isolates himself from his family by imposing the responsibility of maintaining the lifestyle of his family after his father loses his business. The drudgery of his work and the lack of appreciation form his family furthers his feeling of isolation to the point he feels like and insect that causes repulsion from his family. His isolation serves only to make his family see him as a burden and shame. This realization sank in when “he thought back on his family with deep emotion and love. His conviction that he would have to disappear was, if possible, even firmer than his sister’s. He remained in this deep state of empty and peaceful reflection until the tower clock struck three in the morning.” (Kafka, p. 2781) He realizes that he is more of an impediment to them by enabling their made up sense of comfort.