How does Kafka use Gregor's metamorphosis into an insect as a metaphor? What does he seem to be suggesting about the human condition by using this particular image?

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The comment on the human condition offered in Gregor's figure seems to relate to family life (and the tendency toward exploitation within that construct) and to work life (and the tendency toward exploitation and indignity in that construct). 

However, Kafka's story "The Metamorphosis" is known in part for being open to interpretation. 

"I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself."

The narrative itself does not strongly indicate a single meaning behind Gregor's transformation into an insect and instead offers hints that leave multiple interpretations available to the reader. 

Gregor's family relies on him to bring in income. His father has been disgraced and his sister does not yet work. The family conducts its life on the assumption that Gregor will get up every day and go to a job that makes him bitter and spiteful, a job that, in a way, dehumanizes him. 

The circumstances of Gregor's life take away his...

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