Examples Of Conformity In The Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka

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The Only Road to Freedom and Advancement Famous American writer Mark Twain once cautioned, “whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” Parelling Twain’s insightful observation, John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, declared, “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” Echoing this concept, Franz Kafka, author of The Metamorphosis, further elaborates on the oppressive reality of the workforce. In his novella, Gregor Samsa awakens to the life-changing transformation from a human to a giant insect. This unforeseen transition completely shifts the dynamics in Gregor’s life and displays the limitations Gregor endures as a human. Following Kafka’s footsteps, Albert Camus highlights the scarcity of true liberation in his novel, The Stranger. Punished for his stolid attitude at Maman’s funeral, Meursault is found …show more content…

Through the misguided hearing, Camus amplifies the constant restraint individuals are subject to. Therefore, as shown through Gregor’s sacrifice of personal identity and Mersault’s lack of free will, conforming to societal standards restricts individual freedom and hinders personal growth. Firstly, Gregor’s adherence to accepted conventions permanently condemns him to a humble position in both his community and family. Still inexperienced with his new bodily form, Gregor is unable to travel to his workplace. However, his absence is quickly noticed and the company’s attorney pays Gregor a visit within the hour. Begging for understanding, Mrs. Samsa exclaims, “The boy has nothing in his head except business…he never goes out at night” (Kafka 20). Despite eating, breathing, and living for his occupation as a traveling salesman, Gregor continues to be a replaceable minion within his company. Through his endless dedication to business endeavors, Gregor loses his sense of self, working mechanically around the clock. His

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