Miscommunication Causes Serious Consequences Leading to Alienation and Discrimination Within a Society

1192 Words Mar 14th, 2008 5 Pages
Each individual is like a rain drop on the window; none of them are any more significant than another. There are the occasional droplets which are larger than the rest, the ones with a greater influence than the others. As time goes by, a droplet eventually collides with another, and another, and another...until they form a huge puddle and eventually roll away. The result is a chain reaction: the larger rain drops influence others, serving as catalysts in society. However, droplets alone, are fragile and vulnerable. In Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis and Albert Camus' The Stranger, the significant role of communication is portrayed through two extreme examples. Miscommunication causes serious consequences leading to alienation and …show more content…
Gregor is oblivious to the reality, that he is useless and good-for-nothing. Gregor is a character that does not receive much attention or care. He is looked down by his boss, as if no matter how hard he tries, he is "lazy" (12) and will never be good enough. Also, despite the fact that Gregor provides for his family's financial needs, their attitude towards him does not seem to be "warm." Grete, Gregor's sister, is the only one in the family that really cares about him. This is shown at the beginning of his transformation when Grete asks him, "Gregor? Aren't you well? Are you needing anything?" (13) but even his sister gradually alienates him after his transformation. A few months after Gregor's metamorphosis, even Grete has given up all hope and insists that "[they] have to get rid of [Gregor]" (47). Grete's attitude is important because even the melody from Grete's violin – their only source of communication up to this point– is unable to recover the connection she and Gregor once had.
Albert Camus portrays Meursault and makes him appear to be a social wreck because he does not have a purpose in his life; he has nothing to live for and nothing to die for. For example, when Meursault and his girlfriend, Marie, spend time together, it is usually Marie who does the talking whilst Meursault observes and makes a few mental notes here and there. Marie feels

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