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Once the original situation is accepted, the dénouement follows in the most logical manner. The world as revealed by Kafka and Kubin is a product of their personal, inner experience; and because of their persistent preoccupation with the details and clutter of the real world, we are forced to be concerned with the living, the human, and the real in an apparently unreal situation. This emphasis upon detail is most significant when we are aware of the economy of expression employed by both artists.

Although becoming an insect is not quite a disease, Gregor’s transformed identity, in which his taken-for-granted life is suddenly disrupted,12 may be likened to the onset of serious physical or mental illness. Serious illness damages the person not only in fact but also in self-perception when others confirm this damage without giving comfort or demonstrating their acceptance of the changed person (or even, perhaps, when they do). ” Also relevant for this essay are those commentaries on the actions of Gregor’s family members.

This leads to a conversation—in whispers––about whether the idea to move Gregor’s furniture might indicate that they had given up on the possibility that he 43 could return to his normal state. His mother believes that they should not move the furniture at all, but in Grete’s new-found confidence, she is able to persuade her mother that moving the chest is the right thing to do, reinstating the effort to push it out of the room. This is one of the first obvious hints at the transformation that Grete is experiencing.

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