The Concept Of Existentialism In The Metamorphosis And The Overcoat

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Sireedhorn Chamsri (Opal)
Ms. Aubrey
World Literature Block A
17 September 2014 The movement of existentialism, the idea that we as individuals have control over our destiny and we’re free to live and act by will, emerged in the 20th century in philosophy and literature. In both works, the Metamorphosis and the Overcoat, the concept of existentialism is illustrated very explicitly through the actions of the main characters; Gregor and Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin. They had the freedom to choose what they want to do with their lives but did not take their chances. In the end they had to suffer the consequences of their own choices. Most importantly, it is important to understand the concept of existentialism and what does it state. Existentialism is a philosophical idea concerned with our individual freedom and choice. We are free to choose and to determine our own fate and destiny. However, with such power comes great responsibility. Because we are free to act by will, we are also responsible for the consequences that follow those choices. In the Metamorphosis, Gregor was a man who devoted his life to his family and work. He did everything for his family and nothing for himself. But when he turned into a bug, everything changed. Suddenly he became the taker instead of the giver. It wasn’t until he went through the transformation that he realized his self identity. Before that, his family and society are dependent on him, but now they have to provide for him, especially
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