Symptom Of Schizophrenia In Gregor Samsa's The Metamorphosis

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Schizophrenia is a devastating disorder that cost over $60 billion in the United States alone. A disease as devastating as schizophrenia puts most families in a terrible situation. In the book, The Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa believes that he transformed into a bug and is clearly suffering from schizophrenia evident to cognitive, behavioral, and psychological symptoms that was shown throughout the book. In the very beginning of the book the easiest symptom to identify is cognitive. One of the more telling reasons that he has delusion was the conviction that he became a bug. In the article “Delusions and Metacognition in Patients with Schizophrenia” described the symptom as “Delusions are typically accompanied by a strong sense of conviction. …show more content…
Fear as a symptom of schizophrenia is common because of delusions and the fact that a certain type of schizophrenia like paranoid schizophrenia involves fear as a major factor. Gregor has shown fear in the book at times like when his sister and mother started moving his stuff out of his rooms. Gregor showed fear when “They were clearing out his room; taking from him all that was dear to him” (77). He fears that he will lose the only part left of his humanity when they start removing his furniture from his room. He admits the fear of losing his last bits of humanity when “He was already on the verge of forgetting, and only his mother’s voice, which he had gone so long now without hearing, had shaken him awake” (74). His fears are seemed to be caused by loss of his remaining …show more content…
His father attacked Gregor because “it was clear his father had misinterpreted Grete’s all too brief pronouncement to assume him guilty of some act of violence” (80). He shows fear because his father attacked him with apples and severely damaged him. His fear was justified because of “the grievous wound Gregor had received, which plagued him for over a month – the apple remained lodged in his flesh, a visible memento, since no one dared to remove it” (85). The attack left him damaged to the point of that the “wound cost Gregor some of his mobility, probably for good, and for the time being he required many, many minutes to hobble across hi room like an old invalid” (86). Gregor showed symptoms of fear through two different

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