Isolation In Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis

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The theme of isolation is prevalent when we witness others being intolerant and unaccepting of others as seen in the novella Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka when Gregor’s family sent him to get away when first meeting him after his transformation. The effects of isolation and alienation are utilized to portray the importance of personal interaction and inclusion for all humans. Gregor Samsa suffers from both physical and mental isolation, mental isolation occur when he is excluded from the outside world in his room which leads to his isolation from general society. Although his transformation into a bug was a pivotal moment in his mental deterioration, it was only a reflection of what he already was. He was already alienated from society when…show more content…
Gregor is constantly overwhelmed with feelings of guilt and shame from being what he thinks a parasite to his family. His commitment to provide for them leads him to face an unpleasant job that pressures him with time and money making him feel even further alienated from himself and his family. Upon his transformation, the family is concerned with how it would affect their finances rather than his well being and become ashamed of him as well as begin locking him in his room out of sight. Gregor begins to lose all connection with his family and his sister who was his sole attendant who fed him and sought to care for him. Gregor’s presence starts to wear them down to the point where his sister is so revolted by the way he looks that she can hardly stand to be in the room with him and even his mother is so horrified when she sees him she faints, all probably due to his appearance. Gregor is even left without any connection to his human side when he cannot communicate his thoughts and feelings to them consequently making him seem more as an actual insect and reach a point where his presence is too much to bear. Kafka reveals through Gregor’s devotion to his family how compassionate he is but how his family does not view him as a family member, but rather a source of income. Their rejection is exemplified on the morning of Gregor’s transformation when they first meet him first begin to isolate him from themselves as well as the rest of
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