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Metamorphosis Franz Kafka It is one of the most important items in the reading list.

I should have done it long ago but for some unknown reason, I never read it before this noon. It took me a good long 5 minutes to recover from my stupor and wrap my mind around reality. I was not within myself for the hour I took to finish it. My body has gone rigid. I could not but sympathize with Gregor. He was a victim of the unfortunate circumstance. He had no control of what befell on him. His parents' gradual acceptance, the decline in his sister's care nothing could be helped. I do not wish to summarize the story. Rather, I'll write what I felt on reading it.   The story was something I had never anticipated. The incredible part was when Gregor found himself turned into a giant vermin and yet all he thought of was the trouble he would be in for being late at work. His intention to pacify the clerk without even realizing his condition just reminds us of the miseries of human life. Metaphorically, aren't we all a transformed vermin, with a hard, scaly back to shield from the sufferings of the world and a soft over sensitive part(namely, our emotion, our heart) that we are so wary to hide within? I found the story reflecting human life itself disguised in various masks. Grete represents our good nature that does express itself yet does not refrain from complaining. Gregor's parents can be interpreted as those who are thankful as long as they are provided for but forget all about it as soon the providing mean is dissolved. The three men are the society in general, with the middle one as the spokes person. They decide what should be acceptable and what should not be. Their disapproval of Gregor decides the family's wish to kill him. That is exactly what happens: We are bound to kill the odd if the society does not approve, be it a dream or a man. The charwoman represents those foolish people who laugh at anything off the track, unable to realize the impact of such a thing. These are the people who make themselves known when the 'weird!' is eradicated to take the credit of something they never did. The apples that Mr. Samsa threw at Gregor are the dirts and accusations thrown at the odds in the society, like the blind son, or the autistic daughter in the family. The embedded apples in Gregor’s body symbolize the pain that we inflict when we openly despise the odd. The injuries we inflict are visible; the injured ones carry it and move before us yet we do nothing to ease the pain. Heartless as we are, we don't even have the humanity to sympathize.