The Metamorphosis features a character (Gregor) whose origins are unusual or mysterious. How do Gregor’s origins shape his character and his relationships, and how do the origins contribute to the meaning of the novella?

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Gregor's origins are unusual in that he begins the novel by waking up as a monstrous vermin, and this occurrence is certainly mysterious. However, as we begin to read the novella, we begin to understand that Gregor may not have been a physical bug for the last several years, but he has been an emotional bug for that time. His family has long been depending on him as their primary financial support, and this compelled him to make his entire life about work. He...

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