Term paper on Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis"

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ENG 221: writing and literature. Term paper analyzing the parallels between the author's life and that of his main character.

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In Franz Kafkas novel, The Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa awakes one morningto find his whole life has changed. He is no longer a simple traveling salesman, but hasmorphed into a giant beetle. Samsa now must live his new life completely cut off fromhis former life and must deal with his family and their varying reactions to his newcondition. He is now treated, especially by his father, like a disgusting vermin: shunnedby his family until he eventually dies. While this kind of story can be very interesting toread, what exactly causes an author to write something such as this? Kafka came from amiddle class family in Austria, and while he was a very bright child, his relationship withhis family was less than perfect. He had an especially fragile relationship with his father,iand mainly, his parents put much of the weight to carry their family onto Kafkasshoulders. This type of overbearing expectations is what bred the feelings that Kafka putinto his story, The Metamorphosis. This story is basically a representation of Kafkasown family life written in literary form. Franz Kafkas relationships with his parents, inparticular with his father, were very overbearing for him. Constantly feeling trapped andused, these feelings were translated into his story, The Metamorphosis. The Samsa familyof his story is meant to mimic his own family, especially Gregors relationship with hisfather. This literary portrayal of Kafkas relationship with his parents is s

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