His mother, father and sister don’t work at all. “The father was a wealthy man… he hadn’t worked in five years… in those five years, he had put on a lot of fat and became very slow moving… And was Gregor's old mother supposed to collect money now, a victim of asthma… and was his sister, at seventeen still a child whom could hardly begrudge the way she lived until now” (Kafka 30). At his job, he probably worked more to be able to support his family on top of paying debt and supporting himself. Gregor hides from his family for two reasons. One: he is more comfortable being in confined spaces rather than being out in the open.
In beginning of the novel Grete is submissive younger sister, who listens to her parents and does not voice her opinions. Upon finding out about Gregor’s metamorphosis she originally is reduced to tears, for her family has keep her sheltered from society, thus Grete was just an innocent young girl. However as the chapter progresses Grete turns into the only person in the family who is willing to tolerate Gregor in his insect form, Grete grows assertive protecting Gregor and continuing to treat him as her brother. As Grete continues to care for Gregor their parents begin to see Grete as a proper independent and competent woman; however, once Grete is required to work as a shop girl while also maintaining her studies her patience and fortitude begin to dwindle. Grete finally cracks when Gregor ruins her violin concert by showing the tenants his true roach form.
Metamorphosis is a very unique novel and is written by Franz Kafka. It is about the transformation of Gregor Samsa an insect. Gregor has no idea why this has happened to him. He discovers his transformation after waking up late for work one day. He finds his back is now armored and his belly is brown, both characteristics of an insect.
The life of Gregor Samsa, the protagonist of Franz Kafka’s novella The Metamorphosis, revolves around his family - he slaves at work under the pressure of his family’s debt until, one day, he wakes up as a monstrous vermin. Kafka narrates this bizarre tale of Gregor’s transformation in an unsettlingly detached manner, isolating and examining the Samsa family members on an individual level by introducing Gregor as a disturbing factor in the unit. Through inspecting the family’s reactions towards Gregor, Kafka conveys how people fundamentally are isolated individuals whose actions are motivated by desire. Mr. Samsa uses the family as a medium through which he can fulfil his desire to exercise authority. After Gregor’s transfiguration, Mr. Samsa becomes the only male member of the family that can work to provide for the family and protect the women from Gregor.
Gregor Samsa’s Isolation in Frank Kafka’s The Metamorphosis All throughout Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, a constant theme of isolation shows through the main character, Gregor Samsa, who one morning spontaneously transforms into an insect. Kafka displays a motif of solitude from the beginning of the story through Gregor’s desire to stay behind in his room and not go to work or go about any of his daily responsibilities. From the realization of his transition to a vermin, Gregor’s isolation is even more evident because of rejection he receives from his family members who do not understand what happened to him. The immediate presentation of isolation in the story suggests a foreshadowing of Gregor’s further rejection and seclusion resulting in
The Metamorphosis illustrates the consequences of assimilation for the Jewish identity and human sense of self through Gregor’s struggles to communicate, the betrayal of his father, his loss of civic identity when he can no longer work, and the isolation that accompanies the bourgeois lifestyle. Kafka drew from his personal experiences as well as contemporary politics to frame the anxiety of the Samsa household. The Judaism passed onto Franz Kafka from his father left him longing for something more, something Gregor hungers for as well in The Metamorphosis. Isolation and despair fill the pages of Gregor Samsa’s tale but it is the hunger Gregor cannot satisfy. He eventually copes with his loneliness and finds hope beyond his despair, but the hunger is more problematic.
The narrator said, “During the first fortnight, Gregor’s parents could not bring themselves to enter his room…” He has been disconnected from his family to the point where they’re emotionally unstable and unable to treat him as he deserves with affection and comfort to help him cope with his metamorphosis. The narrator shows this disconnection before the mutation,”Gregor later earned so much money that he was in a position to cover the expenses for the entire family…” He later described the exchange not “particularly warm”. Gregor feels alienated by his parents because of the lack of affection for him providing for them. This change has long since happened but is in full affect more than ever since the transmutation. Overall Gregor has changed both physically and emotionally.
All his family members one by one enquired about the condition since he was very late for work, even the manager himself arrived at the home due to his absence in the office. Family members were concerned about the health of Gregor and they were trying to make his manager believe that he is not well that is the only reason he was late to work. Although managing his transformed structure was getting very difficult for Gregor, he was putting in great effort to open the door. People are seemingly upset thinking that Gregor is shrugging off his
Gregor’s father is an extremely lazy person who is considerably greedy with his money. It can be inferred that the father uses his son to pay off the family debt. Grete, Gregor’s sister, quickly becomes envious of her brother. She has to get a job to support the family, ultimately changing this envy into the wrath
The family reacts in such shock that they leave Gregor in his room and they are scared to even see Gregor in his bug form. While Gregor’s father and mother were both unable to look or even bare to take care of their transformed son, their daughter, Grete, took on the role as care taker of Gregor. The short story is written in such great detail of how Gregor was treated and what happened during the life of his metamorphosis. Throughout the story Grete continued to try to make Gregor’s situation better and it was impressive that she tried to do the things she did for Gregor, but near the end of the story she begins to question whether Gregor is still in the form that used to be her brother. Although the story ends tragically for Gregor, the story portrays Grete to grow stronger in the end and how she became a