In the book the metamorphosis can Gregor's death be considered a sacrifice in any sense?

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sdineley | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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Yes, and no.  With your question, you raise another - for whom is his death a sacrifice?  Did he sacrifice himself (as a martyr) or did his family sacrifice him?

While The Metamorphosis has many themes running throughout, the idea of liberty is rather prevalent.  Could Gregor escape his family and duty?  His self-identity seems to deteriorate to the point where he has become something he doesn't want to be - and in the end, he dies, whether from self-loathing, self-sacrifice, or because his family no longer want or need him, or because they have learned to hate his bid for freedom are among the many possible answers.

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