This reveals about Gregor’s family’s financial issues. He feels trapped doing a job he does not like to help pay for his parent’s debt. The debt is a large sum since it is gonna take him 5-6 years to pay it off. Therefore, after his transformation his first thought was how was he going to get to work so, he can continue paying off the
Gregor’s initial reaction to his transformation shows his preoccupation with work. His confusion over his radical transformation does not last long, quickly becoming concerned with work and disregarding that he woke up physically transformed into a monstrous vermin. Immediately after realizing he had transformed, Gregor explains, “Well, I haven’t given up hope completely; once I’ve gotten the money together to pay off my parents’ debt to [the boss] that will probably take another five to six years… But for the time being I’d better get up, since my train leaves at five” (4). The quick transition of Gregor’s thoughts from the initial shock to his economic duties reveals his ironic nonchalant attitude towards his nonsensical transformation and
In the story we are only mentioned about Gregor’s metamorphosis and no one else really. But if you read the story closely, you start to realize that another character is also going through their own metamorphosis and that person is Gregor little sister, Grete. Grete metamorphosis is a little different from Gregor, mainly since he becomes into a giant insect, because she turns from a child into a very well presented adult. This is mentioned near the end of the story when her parents say that she has become into a fine young woman. This discussion will be a comparison of the two sibling’s metamorphosis on how they are alike and different.
Gregor was mentally dealing with stress of a human being because he was focused on the job choice that he has made and the negative impact it has had on his life. In that moment he also realized that he truly transformed into an insect, and instead focusing on this transformation it was as if it did not hold importance.
As the first metamorphosis occurred mysteriously, the second one occurred out of nowhere as well. It was just before Gregor passed away. When he remerged as a man, weak and fragile, he was a different man. He had understood all of the wasted years protecting and caring for a family that (literally) had almost let him die. They failed the most important test.
Next, you have his father, he is emotionally exhausted and a bit of a failure. He is very hostile and rough after Gregor’s transformation. He shows no remorse and shows resentment toward his son. He was not there for his son and was an unpleasant man. Next, you have Gregor’s mother, she seems to be naïve when it comes to Gregor’s transformation.
When you think about it though, Grete went through the most changes from the first chapter, to the last. In the beginning of chapter one, we know that Gregor had turned into a bug and he was worried about getting to work on time. His mind was set on getting out of bed and getting to work. On the other hand, Grete was not worried about Gregor getting to work as much as she was worried about his well-being.
Most notably, his reaction is extremely calmer than normal people would be. As a human, Gregor accepted the hardships he faces by his family without complaint. He is a naive and decent person. He works in anonymity without uttering words to earn money for the whole family even he did not even like this “exhausting job he’ve picked on”(p89) since his dad’s failure in business. Similarly, when he first realized he had transformed into an insect, he was not disgusted by his looking and condition, he did not wonder how he turned to an insect and how to transform back to a human.
However, his family never realizes these sacrifices and takes Gregor for granted, ultimately leading to his painful demise. Gregors perpetual devotion to his harsh family represents the unconditional love one feels for their own flesh and blood no matter how wicked they may be. The family's reaction to Gregor’s transformation into a bug demonstrates their lack of compassion for
Transforming and Romanticizing a Storyline The Metamorphosis, a novella written by Franz Kafka, attracted the attention of many of its readers due to the writing framework and shocking concepts. The story depicts a man named Gregor Samsa who has befallen the fate of a cockroach- literally. After being transformed into a large bug, Gregor goes through the struggles of misunderstanding, neglect, and loss of his family relationships.
Gregor is the main provider within the family for the amount of income he brings, and is idolized for his role. Being raised in the 20th century, Gregor 's view on women had been the same as any other male during this time period and looked down upon women as inadequate, and, in most societies, the man provides and the woman maintains; however, this viewpoint alternates once the unexpected change in their life occurs resulting in a switch of leadership within their household. "Gregor felt very proud that he had been able to provide such a life in so nice an apartment for his parents and his sister. (21)" After his mysterious modification within his physical form, his mentality also weakened.
Published in 1915, Kafka’s The Metamorphosis is a tale of a salesman named Gregor Samsa who one day wakes up to discover that he has quite literally transformed into an insect. Unable to support his family as an insect, he is only able to stay in his room and eat the rotting scraps of food that his sister brings him. Over time, Gregor’s transformation into a large bug begins to affect the lifestyle of his family, and they slowly become resentful of him. His family secretly wishes Gregor would leave, and knowing this, Gregor willfully dies in his room.
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,