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metamorphosis

A vermin is a terrible thing to think of yourself. A bug is a slimy, stinky, and disgusting creature that eeks it's way through life. In the novel, the Metamorphosis, the main character Gregor finds himself changed into a vermin one ungrateful morning. I find this irrational occurrence hard to believe. Gregor never changed into a bug physically but mentally is another story.
Let's say that a person was to wake up one morning changed into a bug. Would that make any sense in our society? The logical way to look at it is to say he was changed mentally into a "bug". For example, Gregor states in the book, "Don't stay in bed being useless" and "I hope I don't miss the train to work." Would a human being transformed into a bug be worried about his job? Boil it down to the facts, and you can logically see that Gregor couldn't have changed into a bug, but he most certainly could have felt like a bug.
The author of the book, Franz Kafka, had his share of problems with his father; the issues seem to match identically with Gregor's problems in the Metamorphosis. It is an odd coincidence that drills the question; does the author project himself through the book? The answer to that question is yes. Once again, look at this issue logically; it would make perfectly good sense to write out your problems in a story to tell the world without really saying so. Why didn't Kafka just flat out say it was himself who was insane and suffering from a deep-seated destructive urge against the mother image (pg.157 of "Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis" as Death and Resurrection Fantasy" by Peter Dow Webster)? All the problems he was feeling brought such insecurity that Gregor transformed into a bug; a mask that he wears in order to cover the true meaning.
To understand the whole "cover-up" with the bug is to have common sense. Logic is what all human being have with…

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