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by Franz Kafka

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Could The Metamorphosis be considered a parable?

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A parable is a relatively short fictional story that is used to illustrate a moral point or teach a lesson of some sort. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka could certainly be considered a parable. Parables are short; The Metamorphosis is a relatively short novella that has 3 sections.

Parables are almost always fictional; Kafka's story of the protagonist, Gregor Samsa, waking up one morning to find that he has transformed into an insect is definitely not true and, therefore, fictional.

The main characteristic of a parable, however, is that it teaches a lesson or illustrates a moral. Based on the text of the story, there are many...

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