Power In Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis

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When one rises, one must also fall. Humans are a power hungry species, always striving for control and dominance. However, that power is not always easily accessible, yet humans are determined to get access to that power no matter what or who has to be sacrificed. If one has that power, another is willing to commit anything to get a hold of that said power. In Section II of The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, Kafka demonstrates how the shift in power from one person to another affects everyone’s social standing. Kafka illustrates that when one exploits another’s weakness, they are able to gain a sense of empowerment, which leads to a false sense of security in the social hierarchy. This is illustrated through Grete and her occuring metamorphosis. When one find the achilles’ heel of another, they learn exploit it to gain a sense of superiority, which leads them to believe a false sense of rise in the social hierarchy. Through the capitalistic system, one’s weakness can prove to be another’s stepping stone towards the rise in power. “...she had grown accustomed to play herself up to her parents as a special expert whenever matters affecting Gregor were discussed…” (Kafka 34). Grete has learned in order to go up, one must go down, and what better person to go down than her now incapable brother. She exploits the fact that Gregor can’t work, and proves her usefulness to her parents, depicting how in Capitalism one can easily be replaced if they unable to achieve their expected

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