Famous actor, father, and husband, Eric McCormack once proclaimed, “Most people, if you live in a big city, you see some form of schizophrenia every day, and it’s always in the form of someone homeless. ‘Look at that guy – he’s crazy. He looks dangerous.’ Well, he’s on the streets because of mental illness. He probably had a job and a home.” Basically, what McCormack is saying is that schizophrenia is found all around us, is found in people from all different walks of life and no matter the circumstance, everyone shares the same form of saneness and equality in some how, in some way.
In The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, the main character Gregor Samsa happens to have a severe case of schizophrenia. Evidently and as unanimous decision of many readers, Samsa’s case of mental illness is portrayed in the novel through his bizarre and surreal appearance as a mammoth cockroach. While a great deal of readers would concur that Gregor Samsa was truly insane and was not a giant, human-sized cockroach, some would say that Gregor actually did metamorphose into a cockroach.
The idea that Gregor actually did mutate to an alien life form is insane can be rebutted through many counteraccusations, such as biological explanations, schizophrenic personalities, and the outcomes that come alongside destitute lifestyles.
Firstly, readers on the side of biology would refute that Gregor did not actually mutate into a cockroach, as Gregor’s situation is a false accusation of mutation. Explicitly stated in the first paragraph of The Metamorphosis, Gregor’s metamorphosis takes place as follows: “When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.
He was lying on his back as hard as armor plate, and when he lifted his head a little, he saw his vaulted brown belly, sectioned by arch-shaped ribshis many legs, pitifully thin compared with the size of the rest of him, were waving helpl…