How does the Franz Kafka's story "The Metamorphosis" relate to how human life is unexplainable?

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In "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka, Gregor, the main character, is turned into a large insect overnight.  He is unable to communicate with all of those who matter most to him and finds himself trapped in a world that he cannot comprehend.  Furthermore, Gregor, although he has woken up as a giant insect, seems to only care about retaining his menial job as a salesman.  These factors of isolation and absurdity send Kafka's ultimate message about the inexplicable and absurd nature of human existence.  We may find ourselves thrust into a world of little meaning, unable to communicate with others around us, and only concerned with the labor that sustains our livelihood.  Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" illuminates the ways in which humans are essentially isolated in a world of our own, incapable of understanding the meaning of our existence.  On top of all of these factors we are crippled by the meaninglessness of our daily lives which we chaotically attempt to keep up with.

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