I need to write a thesis statement for my essay on "The Metamorphosis," and the question I want it to consider is "Why did Franz Kafka want Gregor to be a bug? What was the significance of being...

I need to write a thesis statement for my essay on "The Metamorphosis," and the question I want it to consider is "Why did Franz Kafka want Gregor to be a bug? What was the significance of being an insect and not any other creature?" I need guidance with wording my response. 

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In answering the prompt you've selected you should first consider the connotations surrounding the image of the insect.  When we think of insects we often view them as insignificant, meaningless, and disgusting.  This is ultimately the message that Kafka wants the reader to grasp in providing a story about a man who becomes a giant cockroach.  He aims to elicit disgust and fear in the reader and demonstrate that humans are truly just as insignificant as insects.  This furthers Kafka's purpose by establishing the meaninglessness, isolation, and true absurdity of human existence.  A strong thesis statement for this question would tie the author's choice of cockroach and the connotations that go along with that insect to the absurdity of human existence.  For example: "In 'The Metamorphosis,' Kafka's utilization of the image of the cockroach illuminates the connection between the lowliness of the cockroach as an insect and the true absurdity of human existence, drawing the parallel between existence as a meaningless bug and the average human life." 

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