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  Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Review by: Andrew R.
California, Grade 12

The book doesnt have a happy ending.

The story The Metamorphosis was written by a writer by the name of Franz Kafka. In Kafka’s story, he focuses on a man by the name of Gregor Samsa. The protagonist Gregor wakes up one morning to discover that he has been transformed into an insect, a giant cockroach.
Gregor is a traveling salesman who has to support a family and all the expenses that come with poverty. His family must find a way to support the family economically due to the loss of Gregors job.
The story begins at home with Gregor when he wakes up. He looks in the mirror and sees that he was been transformed mysteriously into a giant cockroach. He is scared to leave his room and face his family. Eventually the family discovers what has happened and is frightened. He is embarrassed my this event and doesn’t know what to do at first. Gregor tries to listen to his sister Grete play her violin, but his parents banish him to his room where he would be spending the rest of the night. That night, Gregor died and lifted the stress of having a insect son off their shoulders. Gregors family leaves their home for good in search of a new life for their daughter.
Considering that the story is short, I believe that it was very interesting and suspenseful finding out how a family would treat their own son after mutating into a beast. I would defiantly recommend this story to everyone who likes a book without a happy ever ending.

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