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Metamorphosis (version 3)

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In Franz Kafka's "Metamorphosis", readers are taken on a strange and haunting journey through the life of a man who wakes up one day to find himself transformed into a giant insect. As the protagonist grapples with his new form and the reactions of his family, he is forced to confront his own sense of self and purpose.

Kafka's writing is both mesmerizing and unsettling, drawing readers into the surreal world he creates with its strange rules and shadowy depths. The sense of alienation and existential dread that permeates the story is both poignant and profound, leaving a lasting impression on the reader.

The character development is masterfully done, as the protagonist's physical transformation mirrors his inner struggles and growth. Through his experiences, readers are invited to contemplate themes of isolation, identity, and the nature of humanity itself.

Overall, "Metamorphosis" is a deeply thought-provoking and emotionally resonant work that will leave readers questioning the boundaries of reality and the meaning of life long after they have finished reading.

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The Metamorphosis (German: Die Verwandlung, also sometimes translated as The Transformation) is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. It has been cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century and is studied in colleges and universities across the Western world. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed (metamorphosed) into a large, monstrous insect-like creature. The cause of Samsa's transformation is never revealed, and Kafka never did give an explanation. The rest of Kafka's novella deals with Gregor's attempts to adjust to his new condition as he deals with being burdensome to his parents and sister, who are repulsed by the horrible, verminous creature Gregor has become.

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