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The Story Behind Kafka's Insect Infestation

Part of the horror the story inspires is derived in the manner in which it unfolds, after all, with the reader discovering what has happened to Gregor along with the protagonist himself. Column by Leah Dearborn The premise of Kafka's The Metamorphosis is well known. After waking one morning from uneasy dreams, traveling salesman Gregor Samsa found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.
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