This striking novel still serves as a highly visual fictive exploration of the most perplexing and important philosophical/social question of the 20-21st centuries: what is the human identity? Where does it originate? What forces define us? What is our individuality inside the definition of human? Gregor Samsa awakens to a whole new physiology--how does that change his person-ness? His emotional responses? His relationships with his family? His "self"? Are we how we look? How we act? How we feel? These areas of inquiry are as relevant today as they were when Kafka invented this parable.