Isolation In Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis

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Isolation can be a very troubling issue, in some cases, it can even be deadly. When people are isolated from the world or even just from other people, there is no telling what can happen to them. In Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, the main character Gregor is being isolated from his family and did not have any interaction with them which did not have a good impact on him. Over time, isolation can have the ability to bring about many changes in people because of the effects it has on the brain. In many cases, isolation has been proven to lead to a higher death rate. In the article called The Dangers of Social Isolation, Traci Watson states that among some of the most socially isolated test subjects there was “a 26% greater risk of dying” (Watson ). This shows us just how big of a difference not being exposed to others and the world around us can be. In The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka shows us that Gregor is slowly dying. This can be seen on both a physical level as he is suffering from starvation because…show more content…
In The Metamorphosis you can see Gregor has more and more thoughts about negative things the longer he was unable to communicate with his family.(12) In the article So Lonely It Hurts by Gretchen Reynolds, Reynolds says “the lonelier you are, the more attention is drawn toward negative thoughts about social information”.(Reynolds) This shows that people who are lonely and have little communication with others will have very negative thoughts and ideas about things. Another article called Out From Isolation To Fight a Basic Instinct talks about an isolated man who suffered from depression. “His family relationships suffered” and he felt like he was dying because of he had nobody to turn to.(Arlington) Because of this, negative thoughts piled up and he fell into a depression. This all shows that when someone is isolated they will fall to negativity which will have very bad effects on them
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