Dark Life

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Dark Life “When he lifted his head a little, he saw his vaulted brown belly… were waving helplessly before his eyes.” Gregor Samsa has gone through a metamorphosis. This change has turned Gregor into a monstrous vermin. Kafka expresses the anxieties, inner terrors, and cynicism, which fill Gregor’s life, throughout the story, metamorphosis. Franz Kafka uses these feelings as an element of expressionism to convey Gregor’s attitudes towards his life and society. Examples …

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…a son and brother, or a member of society. Were the anxieties, inner terrors, and cynicism of human life all factors expressing the metamorphosis of Gregor Samsa? Gregor died of a broken heart. His family and society had a major part in bringing Gregor to his final state. Kafka used Gregor’s metamorphosis into a vermin as an allegory for Gregor’s transformation in which he alienated himself from everything and most importantly, from himself.