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             Published in the early 1900's, Franz Kafka wrote the story "Metamorphosis"; this tale is based on a young man named Gregor Samsa. Kafka uses symbolism in his story as tool to get the reader to try to figure out what is going on in his head. By doing so, he brought out many things about life that are oftentimes taken for granted. Including such things as family, love life, and the future. Every person in some way or another can relate to the epic events that eventually lead to the demise of Gregor. What reality really is? Is it how we perceive life? For some, they succeed in everything they do. For others, it is nothing like what they though tit would be. The truth of the matter is reality is what we make of it, how we live our inner lives. .
             In Gregor's case, he was just an average man working as a salesman to try to help care for his family, to the point that he had neglected his own personal needs and wants. As a result Gregor became an unknown to himself and to life. Gregor's dedication to his family was so abundant that the family had become so dependant on him, they took him for granted. Never doing anything in return for Gregor, he was soon left with a feeling of contempt for his family. Gregor undergoes a physical transformation from human to a giant insect. .
             Despite this change in his appearance, Gregor maintains his human brain as insect tendencies slowly take over his day-to-day behavior. He maintains his same state of mind, memories, and inner self during his exterior transformation. Although he maintains his mental capacities, it's his change in appearance that causes his family to turn against him and eventually kill him. Kafka uses these events to depict how people can become dehumanized by society and ones own family because of a difference in behavior or appearance. .
             While Gregor, transformed in an extreme manner, remains human in his thoughts and emotions.

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