At the beginning of the novella, it can be seen that Gregor notices his transformation into an insect. Unlike the expected reaction, he wakes up and is aggrieved over being late to work, since he is the only source of money in his family. Whenever Gregor overhears his family talking about anything money or job related, he feels guilt for not being able to do his job. “Whenever they began to talk of the need to earn money, Gregor would always first let go of the door and then throw himself onto the cool, leather sofa next to it, as he became quite hot with shame and regret.” (Kafka 24) Kafka includes this quote to not only express Gregor’s emotions, but to express the theme that guilt is often found as disrespectful and can be
On the surface, the Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka is about a man who becomes disabled from working after waking up one day to find himself turned into a monster of some sorts. Through the dynamic between Samsa and his family and their shared familial roles, as well as the relationship between Samsa and his work, Kafka seems to be making commentary on the futility of life, and how meaningless desperate actions are in the unforgiving cold world. This emptiness can be seen first when Samsa first wakes up and finds himself a vermin, and reflects on his job. It seems that his main purpose for living is to work and eventually pay off the debt his parents have accumulated. He has other goals in life as well, from sending his sister to a conservatory, and eventually doing what he wants to do after his family’s debt is fulfulled, but to reach those ambitions he must first work.
In fact, Kafta mentions Gregor’s transformation in the first sentence of the story. “One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin”. Kafta does not specifically mention how or why Gregor transformed into a monster like figure, but implicitly indicates that Gregor’s absurd life is imminent. Moreover, the transformation of Gregor illustrates the absurdity of himself as a human being. The existence of Gregor as a monster-like creature brings extreme disruption to the household, in which Gregor’s parents begin to work due to the lack of income.
These are the three main characters in the book that had their appearances misunderstood. Boo Radley is constantly assumed of being a horrible person. There are many rumors that spread around the town. A rumor about Boo Radley started and spread quick, ¨...Boo drove the scissors into his parents leg…,¨ as he was sitting in his house cutting up newspaper for his book (Lee 13). Boo never goes outside so no one has ever spoken to him, no one knows if this actually happened.
Since he was not supervising them, Robbie took off even though he does not have a driver license. This shows how he does not care for his kids and how he has lost the connection with his kids. Also, when the kids go to their rooms, they still have the same bed covers
However, when Gregor Samsa transforms from a human to a bug, he upsets the social hierarchy of the family. This shuffling of roles as a result of the metamorphosis destroys his relationship with his sister over time. After Gregor Samsa’s transformation, Grete is the only caring person in the family who looks after him. His mother is in complete shock and cannot bear his appearance, while his father is even more hostile towards him. Grete, however, shows great admiration for Gregor because he has been the only working member of the family and has been saving money to pay for her tuition for music school.
The nation has turned into an anti-social community that has been confined to staring at a television set for hours with no interaction. With doing so, most of the people have confronted to depression and even suicide. Mildred is so oblivious that she turns against her own husband, Montag, by yelling, “Books aren’t people. You read and I look all around, but there isn’t anybody” (Bradbury, 69). Mildred is against the fact that books can help and opposes the idea when her husband tries to read to her.
From his experiences, Jem learned that the world isn’t always nice but it is rather cruel and because of this he grew to become empathetic, knowing how it felt to be put down by others. Furthermore, on page 259 it’s written “That’s what I thought, too,” he said at last, “when I was your age. If there’s one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other? If they’re all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other? Scout, I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all this time… it’s because he wants to stay inside.” This reveals how Jem developed his moral compass through his mistakes and experiences because Jem thinks about his experiences and his failures that he
“The Metamorphosis”, Franz Kafka’ popular short story tackles how work can change a person. The graphic novel by Peter Kuper further illustrates and shows, in detailed sketches, how Gregor Samsa was so engrossed in his job, and his disdain for it, that he completely glossed over the fact that he had become an insect. He completely ignored the fact that he could hardly move, and instead kept trying to overcome his newly found physical limitations by trying to get out of bed to get changed for work. Gregor Samsa acted this way for three main reasons, he felt a responsibility for providing for his family, he wanted to move onto another job with a new boss, and he dreaded going to work as it made him feel depressed. Gregor acted in a relatively calm way to his metamorphosis into a bug because he felt responsible for providing his family with money.
Furthermore, Gregor was incomprehensible due to his dung beetle like,high pitched voice. Lastly, Gregor’s metamorphosis separates him from the human race as it makes him an insect. Essentially he became completely isolated from everyone around him, including the people he cares for like Grete and Mrs. Samsa. This idea of isolation and alienation of human’s in the modern world creates a platform for the author to base his arguments