In this task, you will compare the situation faced by Gregor Samsa, the protagonist of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, with a real-life situation in which someone has experienced comparable isolation and difficult personal, moral, and social experiences. In The Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa transforms suddenly, without any apparent reason, into a large insect. His transformation ends his ability to express his thoughts in words, and his family eventually stops viewing him as a family member. Gregor is isolated from the world outside his room and home. Though Gregor’s transformation is absurd and physically impossible, the story explores the consequences of that transformation in a realistic and understandable manner, emphasizing the effects of his isolation. a. Select a real-life situation in which a person may face difficult isolation, as Gregor does after turning into an insect. You may choose a situation from the list below, or use a different one different one if your teacher agrees on your choice. • psychological conditions: dementia, schizophrenia, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder • physical conditions: paralysis or severe injury; going blind or becoming deaf; facing an addiction • social conditions: being wrongly convicted of a serious crime; moving to a place where some attribute of the person makes others around the person view him or her with contempt or suspicion Record the condition you chose to compare with Gregor’s.
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