The Metamorphosis is a novella written by Franz Kafka in 1912 and first published in 1915. The novella explores the degradation and transformative power of alienation. As its protagonist, Gregor Samsa, experiences personal alienation from the people he has cared for and served, he is transformed, losing himself altogether. Simultaneously, in ironic contrast to his experience, his transformation enables those around him to grow. Read a character analysis of Gregor Samsa, the plot summary, and important quotes.


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