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Alienation and Xenophobia in "The Metamorphosis"
An analysis of the themes of alienation and xenophobia in Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis".
# 138955 | 750 words | 1 source | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Literature (German)

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This paper discusses the sentiments of alienation and xenophobia demonstrated by Gregor Samsa and his family in Franz Kafka's novella, "The Metamorphosis". Gregor's transformation into a dung beetle and the increasingly intolerant treatment of him by his family is considered through Gregor's changing relationship with his body and his place within the family. These issues are related to the changing social relationships in modern life.

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"Franz Kafka's novella, "The Metamorphosis", can be seen as a commentary on the tensions of life experienced during the modern era. It was written in 1915 in Eastern Europe and likely responded to the concerns of Kafka's day, including World War One and the advent of urban industrial expansion. Kafka's interest in the ways in which social roles define how we live and interact with one another still resonates today. "The Metamorphosis" provides specific examples of the ways in which individuals and societies come in conflict with each other, fostering uneasy relationships between those considered "insiders" and those considered "outsiders." The themes..."

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