Analysis Of Franz Kafka 's ' A Good Lord Who Is No Longer A Man '

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Gregor Samsa is a hard-working, traveling salesman who has dedicated his life to his career. He confines his schedule to nothing but work so that he may meet the expectations he has set for himself, and those set on him by his family. This constant pressure continues to drive Gregor as he persistently focuses on his responsibilities and is unable to put time towards his health or the connection with his family. It is his relentless work that ends up not only pushing him away from his family, but also strips him of his humanity and the life he could have had. Franz Kafka takes us through the story of a man who is no longer a man. He has gained the mindset of a worker ant, which is to accomplish what he believes needs to be done until the day he dies.
The first line we hear from the main character in our story is “Good Lord, what an exhausting profession I’ve chosen. Day in and day out on the road. Work like this is far more unsettling than business conducted at home.. Devil take it all!” This is a major stressor to Gregor 's health, himself acknowledging that his job was overwhelmed and he had been consumed by his work. He is to the point where he cannot sleep well or even dream due to the pressure on his mind and body.
A traveling salesman in the early nineteen-hundreds would be a very time-consuming job with trains to take, people to meet, and quotas to fill. With this constantly taking a toll on Gregor, he is unable to focus on his own physical and mental health. This lack…

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