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Franz Kafka and The Metamorphosis

            Franz Kafka was a German author who is known as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature. Born July 3, 1883, in Prague Czechoslovakia, of what is now the Czech Republic. Kafka grew up in a middle-class Jewish family in which life was arduous. When Kafka was only six years old, his two younger brothers, Georg and Heinrich, both died in infancy. Which left him the only son in a family that included three daughters. The relationship he had with his parents also made life at home very difficult. His mother, Julie was a homemaker who never understood Kafka's dreams of becoming a writer. His father, Hermann, had a very forcible personality, which made it very uneasy to live at home. The relationship he had with his father was said to have a very strong and profound effect on his writing and also on his personal life. It is said that his fathers overbearing ways helped Kafka find expression in his writing as the shy, passive, sensitive, victim who suffers and struggles.
             Kafka was a very intelligent person who always did prodigious in school. He was enrolled in the Altstädter Staatsgymnasium. A high school for the academically elite. When Kafka was done with high school, he then enrolled at the Charles-Ferdinand University of Prague. There he started off studying chemistry but eventually changed his major to law. He eventually got his degree in law in 1906. With his new earned degree in law, Kafka found an employment in an insurance agency in 1907, which ended up being a horrid match for him. The job gave him very little time to focus on his writing, which was always his main passion. Due to the lack of passion for his job, he eventually resigned and found a new one. He started to work at the Workers Accident Insurance Institute for the Kingdom of Bohemia. He lasted longer at the job and eventually retired from it in 1922. .
             Kafka was known as someone with much insecurity, which affected his love life.

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