Shape and Form. Speaks of Kafka's "The Metamorphosis "

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The story of The Metamorphosis is one that is very subtle and very delicate. Kafka wrote in a

fashion that would allow a reader to interpret the story in a way that may be different each time it

is read. From the beginning, we see that a young, hard working, man, Gregor, has turned into

a bug, and as the story continues, one can see that he was much more than an insect. What else

could he be? Even after his death, it is obvious that Gregor was there for a cause. His family

depended on him for their happiness. The purpose for his existence was to serve his family. His

mother and father created him and were the driving force behind his physical change. There was a

lack of communication that existed throughout the story that revealed how unappreciated they were

of Gregor and his sister, who was on her way towards becoming like her brother.

Gregor was very important to the family's welfare. At first he was the only working

member of the family, and his job was very important; the whole future of Gregor and his family

depended on it (p.84). For so long he wanted to quit his work, because he wasn't happy with it.

But he said to himself, ' Besides, I have to provide for my parents and my sister. (pp.

82-83).' He felt that his family was too dependent of him. When Gregor wouldnt let anyone in his

room in fear that they would be horrified by his condition, he thought that his family was harassing

him because he was in danger of losing his job, and because the chief would begin harassing his

parents again for the old debts' (p. 76). At this point, everyone was angry and wanted him to...