What are some similarities in the movie The Shaggy Dog and The Metamorphosis?Similarities in behavior, actions, thoughts ... I know some, but I just want to know if I'm missing any. Thanks in...

What are some similarities in the movie The Shaggy Dog and The Metamorphosis?

Similarities in behavior, actions, thoughts ...

I know some, but I just want to know if I'm missing any.

Thanks in advance!

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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What an interesting task!  One of the most striking similarities, to me, is that even though the human turned into an animal/bug, he retained his human thoughts, memories, and sensibilities.  The Shaggy Dog still loves his family, and wants to everything to work out for all of them, just as Gregor does in the story.  In both cases, this sense of humanity is helped by the first person narration in The Metamorphosis and the fact that the movie/story is told from the dog's point of view.  If I recall correctly, the man/dog is at times telling the story.

Another similarity is how quickly the men adapt to their new physical forms and the special abilities that come with that new form.  Gregor quickly learns how to walk properly and how to use his jaws to grasp things.  The dog enjoys the speed of his movement while running, and how "easy" the dog has it.  Both Gregor and the Shaggy Dog get used to their new diet.

One significant difference between the two stories is how calmly accepting Gregor is of his changed state of being.  He never questions why this happened or seeks help in returning to his former form.  The Shaggy Dog, on the other hand, is shocked by the change and while coping in the day-to-day as best he can, is ultimately looking for an understanding of what happened to him and a resolution to the problem. 

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