The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

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What kind of message do you think Kafka is making about society in The Metamorphosis?

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In addition to what the other educators have written, Kafka does show the power that art has to put different social classes on equal footing. Gregor's sister, Grete, is a talented violinist, and it had been Gregor's dream to send her to a conservatory of music to help her develop as an artist. Initially, it is he who supports his family, and they who live off of his labor; Gregor and his family can be seen to represent the proletariat and bourgeoisie, respectively. Once Gregor stops working, however, the family falls in status and comes to represent the proletariat class, while the boarders they take in are the bourgeoisie. The boarders do not expect much by way of Grete's musicianship; they anticipate that she will not be very good. At first, they rudely talk while she plays, and then they stand behind her and look over her shoulder at her sheet music to see if she makes any mistakes. They are stunned into silence when they hear that she is quite talented. Even Gregor sneaks out into...

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