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Killmeyer 1 As Insignificant as a Bug Franz Kafka’s short story “The Metamorphosis” is very strong in symbolism. The most obvious symbol is the transformation of the main character, Gregor Samsa, into a bug. The old phrase says that a writer should “write what he knows,” and that is precisely what Kafka did. He mirrored situations from his own life and created a fictional story with an autobiographical background. This symbol is very effective in showing how a man measures up in society, the family, and the self. This story was published in 1915, a time when labor unions were forming in Europe. Employees were hired in bulk so that work could be completed quickly and efficiently. One man among many workers could be likened to a drone in a hive. This is essentially what Gregor Samsa was in his job as a salesman. Gregor’s father owed a debt to the company Gregor worked for. Gregor was hired to pay off that debt and to support his mother, father, and sister. Gregor was the perfect employee, having never taken a day off in his five years at the company. However, this story opens up with Gregor lying in bed in his newfound entomological state, trying to figure out how he is going to get to work on time. His insignificance to the company was clearly evidenced when the chief
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2009 for the course ENG 209 taught by Professor Mindachuska during the Spring '09 term at Horry-Georgetown Technical College.

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