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The significance of death in the main characters of "The Stranger" and "Metamorphosis".

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Significance of Death in the Main Characters Of Stranger and Metamorphosis Carlos Pons 11 (1) The main characters in both novels are responsible of their death due to their actions to society. Although both characters have a complete different description physically and mentally, both are first alienated and then die using the reason of their meaning in life. Each character has a different story to tell but they shared the same ending, death. Gregor and Meursault are two men of about the same age that were living their live as they didn't want both were oppressed by their job and family. Both had a job that they didn't want only for paying their needs and debts. Each main character experiment a different type of death. Although both finished dead they suffer it in different ways. In the Stranger, the main character, Meursault is executed publicly in the middle of all the society of Algiers that wanted him dead. Meursault went to be executed by the guillotine in the middle of all does thirsty and anxious eyes watching and seeing their "monster" die by loosing his head of its shoulders ...read more.

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"He's lying there, absolutely dead as a doornail." The cleaning lady says this to the rest of the family announcing Gregor's death. Although Gregor died that day his family was happy, "We can thank God for that!" Herr Samsa says this in response to the news that his son just died. Gregor make the wish of his family became true, his family went out all together from their house for the first day since the metamorphosis. Each protagonist has a different meaning for his death. Both protagonists have a different meaning in their death. In the Stranger, Meursault is executed publicly in the guillotine because he wants to. Although his lawyer could have saved him Meursault didn't want to because he though his meaning in life was to die in front of everyone as a "monster." "How had I not seen that there was nothing more important than an execution, and that when you come right down to it, it was the only thing a man could truly be interested in?" ...read more.

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"How had I not seen that there was nothing more important than an execution, and that when you come right down to it, it was the only thing a man could truly be interested in?" Gregor doesn't use the death in his own purpose as Meursault does, he even does the opposite, he uses his death for help others, he dies for in this case to liberate his family of the weight it was causing. "We can thank God for that!" Herr Samsa says this in response to the news that his son just died. In the Metamorphosis the death of Gregor is meaningless for his family. In my opinion I think that both main characters are prepared to face death because both characters if they had wanted they could not have died but for different reason such as having a role, searching for a meaning in life or just even for living your family alone because you are a weight they choose the death to accomplished their role at that time. ...read more.

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