ENG_226_mod7 - Edward Petrow ENG-226 Professor Kuhta Better...

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Edward Petrow ENG-226 Professor Kuhta April 22, 2011 Better off as a Beetle It may be argued that Gregor Samsa was better off as a beetle rather than a man as we see in Franz Kafka`s The Metamorphosis. Initially Gregor was depressed and angry about his transformation, as he could not even get into his normal sleeping position. Eventually Gregor realized that his change was advantageous, due to the fact that it offered him joys he otherwise would not have known had he remained in his past human form. He was shameful initially as he was no longer able to provide for his family due to the fact he did not have the ability to work. Although he was depressed at first to not be able to provide as he once did for his family, he soon realized that he was no longer held down by the constraints and stress of being the sole provider for his family. In reality he hated his mundane life and the existence of day in day out going to work, as well as being treated no better than a “bug” by his boss. As a bug he was able to act freely or “breath freely” as stated in the writings. When he was transformed
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