Character Analysis: Analysis Of 'The Metamorphosis'

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The Metamorphosis

Sarvesh Sortee

‘The Metamorphosis’ is centered on Gregor Samsa and his family consisting of his parents and his younger sister, Grete. Gregor is a travelling salesman. Gregor is compelled to work for his employer as his father is indebted to him. One day he wakes up and finds himself transformed into an insect. There is no clue provided whatsoever for the cause. Part I is about how his family finds out about his new form and their reaction to it. Part II tells about how is family gets used to his presence and Gregor’s way of life after a few months after his transformation. Part III is mainly about how his family gets united to get rid of him forgetting that he is a part of their family.

Gregor is just an ordinary guy who hates his job but is forced to continue so as to feed his family. Gregor reacts very mildly to his transformation. The morning when he finds out he is more interested in going to work rather than freaking out. He isolates in his bedroom himself trying not to be seen by his parents. He is depressed and contemplates about his state and its effect on his family. His sister, Grete is introduced in the story just by her sobbing when Gregor does not open his bedroom door. After his transformation, she cares for his every need thinking about his welfare and grows in the sight of their parents. As an irony, she is the one who takes the initiative of getting rid of him. The father who earlier looked incapable
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