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  Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Review by: Kris P.
California, Grade 12

This story, though short, represents a whole passage of suffering experienced by the author in his life. Franz Kafka grew up feeling rejection from many people around him including his family. Kafka traveled from place to place never really feeling like he belonged, instead he felt alienated. His stories reflect on these emotions and The Metamorphosis highlights these feelings. Like Kafka, the main character Gregor becomes rejected and suffers through alienation. The Metamorphosis is the story of a man whose life changed and was ripped apart unfortunately by untimely events.

One cannot deny that this book is depressing, it is sad to think that someone like Gregor (who seemed like a nice guy) was so quickly rejected and forgotten. Gregor was the sole provider of his family but in his time of dire need, they didnít even acknowledge his worth. The Metamorphosis symbolizes the darker side of human beings and presents what truly can happen to someone who is abandoned. Readers who enjoy the surreal will enjoy the situation present in the novel, but, those with a more positive mind will find the theme to be very saddening. The Metamorphosis is a great story however and should be picked up by anyone; it presents a depressing truth but can also be a light to people and show them how to never treat others. Kafka was never turned into an insect but because he suffered rejection, he felt like one, no one should ever have to go through this.

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