The Stranger and The Metamorphosis
Alienation due to rejection of society
and the Metamorphosis
In the novel, The Stranger by Albert Camus and The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, the main characters in the novels have differences that cause people to reject them from society. In The Stranger, the character Meursault had social differences such as Meursault had a lack of emotions due to his sole acknowledgement of the physical world. In The Metamorphosis, the character Gregor had physical differences, which was his bug like appearance that was brought about by his metamorphosis. Examples such as both characters were both put in an isolated area to hide them from society, they both die from being hated in society, and they were both push away from people in society. Shows that even though the main characters faces different dissimilarity such as social or physical it causes them to become isolated and alienated from society in both a social and physical way due to society’s inability to accept them.
In both novels the main character both were put in an isolated area to hide them from society. In the Stranger, the main character Meursault was put in jail because society couldn’t accept him for his social difference in lack of emotions. “A few days after I entered prison, I realized that I wouldn’t like talking about this part of my life” (Camus, 73). Meursault was consoled and isolated in prison in a social and physical way due to society’s inability to accept him as a person. In the Metamorphosis, the main character Gregor was isolated in his room because his family couldn’t bear to see him. “But it seemed to him as if he had been aroused by a hasty footfall and cautious locking of the door that led to the hallway” (Kafka, 24). Gregor’s family was able to accept Gregor after his transformation which causes them to lock him in the upstairs. From this Gregor suffers from physical and social isolation for his physical...