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In The Metamorphosis do you think Gregor was like a "bug" even before his metamorphosis?

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I agree that that Gregor was like a "bug" before his metamorphosis. As a salesman, he was simply a cog in a larger bureaucratic machine, similar to being a part of an insect colony, with all or most members identical and interchangeable. Further, he is like a bug or cockroach in that he wears his internal organs on the outside and has nothing anyone finds of interest on the inside. His workplace and his family only value him for his externals: his workplace for what he can produce and his family for the money he earns. That he hates his job and finds it an alienating form of torture doesn't seem to register on anyone around him. Nobody appears, before his transformation or after, to have any real interest in who Gregor is as a unique individual with possible intrinsic worth as a human being. After he no longer is bringing in wages, his family simply regards him as a burden and a problem. They don't seem to care, either before or after his change, about what might animate him or make...

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