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The Issue of Freedom at Kafka's Metamorphosis Among Franz Kafka's very well-known and many often criticized functions is the short story, "Die Verwandlung," or even "The Metamorphosis." "The Metamorphosis" is most peculiar in that the first sentence is the orgasm; the remainder of the narrative is largely falling action (Greenburg 273). The reader finds out that Gregor Samsa, the story's primary character, was turned into an enormous insect. In spite of this fact, Gregor continues to behave and think like any ordinary human would, making the start of the narrative both tragic and comical at the same time. However, one cannot help but wonder why Gregor has experienced this hideous transformation, and what purpose it might possibly serve in the narrative. Upon evaluation, it seems that Gregor's metamorphosis represents both his freedom from claiming his full financial equilibrium along with his family's freedom from their dependence on Gregor. Long before the story occurs, Gregor Samsa's dad had a business failure that left him deep in debt. His son, Gregor, functions as a commercial traveler to the business to whom he owes money; in consequence, Gregor is slowly working off his father's debt. Gregor isn't satisfied with his job, which Greenburg calls "degrading" and "soul-destroying," but considers that his family's presence is dependent upon him "devoting himself by working at this futile... task," and so he proceeds (274). Heinz Politzer goes far enough to state that Gregor is a servant to his manager (276), that would indicate that there's not any escape for Gregor- at the least, no other traditional escape. But, Gregor does escape out of his life of indentured servancy- by becoming a giant insect. Walter H. Sokel clarifies the impact of the metamorphosis on his occupat...