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The Metamorphosis - Essay Example

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The twentieth century has seen the world evolve from totally dark, ignorant and seemingly primitive stages, into an entirely new living place. In other words, the world has undergone a metamorphosis, within a relatively short span of about a hundred years…

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The Metamorphosis

Instead of contributing to greater happiness and contentment, it has lead to increase stress levels, and made him imitate the machine - like behavior of his machine-dependent environment. The conflicts that arise from the basic emotional nature of man, and the emulated automation of modern living, sum up the struggles of man in the twentieth century. And naturally, literature and art has, reflecting the changes of modern living, undergone transformation too.
Summary: Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis," is an excellent example of an object d'art, in literature. It is the sad and moving story of an individual, Gregor Samsa, set in the backdrop of 'post-industrial revolution' Prague. Gregor, the main character, is actually, a grown man who cannot escape his family. A traveling salesman, he hated his job, but clung to it because of a) the self - bound commitment to his family, and b) the money and hope of an outlet to the financial mess for the family "the whole future of Gregor and his family depended on it". One fine morning, he wakes up to discover that he has somehow turned into a giant-sized bug. He suddenly finds himself in a piquant position, in which he cannot work and support his family any - longer, instead, he becomes absolutely dependent on them. ...
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