Adjustment Disorder in “The Metamorphosis”’ Gregor Samsa


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Adjustment Disorder in "The Metamorphosis"’ Gregor Samsa
The Metamorphosis is a much-discussed literary work that has withstood the test of time. This may be due to the fact that the story’s protagonist, Gregor Samsa, is such an interesting individual. The Metamorphosis recounts Samsa’s sudden transformation into a bug, and how he deals with the outward world around him as said bug. Though the story feels very real, the idea of Samsa as a bug might be a gateway into a deeper conflict the character might have. Many people do not actually think he turns into a bug, but that his transition from human to insect is a metaphor for greater psychological issues. When looking at the story through this lens, one can hypothesize that Gregor Samsa may...
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.....endures quite a bit for the duration of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. Still one can see that perhaps he is suffering from something greater than just turning into a bug. Psychologically speaking, Samsa may also be going through what is commonly known as adjustment disorder. Based on his penchant for stressors, his physical coping mechanisms and his familial propensity for stress and anxiety, Gregor Samsa may very well be dealing with adjustment disorder.
Works Cited
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Kafka, Franz. The Metamorphosis (Harold Bloom, translator). New York: Infobase Publishing, 2006. Online.