The Metamorphosis Questions and Answers
by Franz Kafka

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What is the conflict, resolution, and meaning of The Metamorphosis?

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The conflict within The Metamorphosis is Gregor versus circumstance. He is turned into a gigantic insect, unable to reverse the process as he slowly loses his humanity and will to live. A secondary conflict would be Gregor versus his family. His parents and sister are repulsed by his new appearance and dismayed by his inability to recover his former self. Eventually, they give up on him and wait for him to curl up and die since he can no longer work and provide for them as the main breadwinner.

The conflicts are all resolved when Gregor dies. His loss of identity is completed in death. His family feels relieved when he is no longer a burden to them. Society moves on without him.

As for the story's meaning, there are many. One of the other answers on here mentioned an economic reading of the story, where Gregor represents how the working class individual is exploited by capitalism. Others have observed the theme of alienation, which runs through Kafka's work in general. In this story,...

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