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What is the relevance of The Metamorphosis to the 21st century?I also want to know the...

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filarcaz | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 2, 2012 at 12:40 PM via web

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What is the relevance of The Metamorphosis to the 21st century?

I also want to know the place of The Metamorphosis in world literature.

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted July 2, 2012 at 3:14 PM (Answer #1)

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This striking novel still serves as a highly visual fictive exploration of the most  perplexing and important philosophical/social question of the 20-21st centuries: what is the human identity?  Where does it originate?  What forces define us? What is our individuality inside the definition of human?  Gregor Samsa awakens to a whole new physiology--how does that change his person-ness?  His emotional responses? His relationships with his family? His "self"? Are we how we look? How we act? How we feel?  These areas of inquiry are as relevant today as they were when Kafka invented this parable.

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