For a moment he had forgotten all about the general manager.” This is not the only case in which Gregor chooses his family over work. He also makes a reference to this when he states, “For the time being, all such worries were assuredly unnecessary. Gregor was still here, and abandoning his family was the farthest thing from his thoughts.” He is willing to sacrifice anything in order to make his family happy, including himself. Grete seems to be the only character in this novella that genuinely cares about Gregor. In the beginning, Grete is compassionate toward Gregor, while Gregor’s parents are demanding and wants to know why he is still in bed and not on his way to the airport. This kindheartedness is shown when Grete says, “Gregor? Are …show more content…
In fact, her parents saw Grete as irrelevant, “During the first forenight, Gregor’s parents could not bring themselves to enter his room, and often he heard them expressing their heartfelt appreciation since she had seemed to them a rather useless girl.” This could be seen as Grete’s parents using her for their own personal gain just how they used Gregor. If her parents treat her as they treated Gregor, Grete will end up like an insect just as Gregor did and become an insect. This will only happen if Grete has a passion for serving her parents. The reason that Gregor let this happen to himself is because he enjoyed serving his family. Gregor only lived to please his parents. Enrico Cesaretti, who wrote “Consuming Texts: Creation and self- effacement in Kafka and Palzzeschi,” would agree with Gregor’s self sacrifice being necessary for the family and to obtain closure. Once Gregor notices that he is just a burden for his family he decides to go off and die for the greater good of his family. One could say that the death of Gregor was taken too far, but it was crucial for Gregor to die because that was his sense of sanity and hope. Gregor only lived for his family and if it is better for his family to go on living life without him, then he was willing to take his
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As she begins to mature and get involved in more adult responsibilities, particularly getting a job, her complete devotion for Gregor lessons as the novella continues. In the end, Grete begins to begrudge the role as his caretaker. For she is the one who decides to get rid of Gregor. “ ‘Dear Parents,’ said his sister, slapping her hand on the table by way of introduction, ‘things can’t go on like this.
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
Grete is the only character whom seems to show any pity for Gregor until later on in the
When Gregor's father saw his condition he didn’t feel empathetic and only hated Gregor,“his father gave him a hard shove, which was truly his salvation, and bleeding profusely, he flew into his room”, Gregor's father is never really ever able to understand him and is always impatient with him and even. Grete although is nothing like the father, she is very kind to gregor and with her new responsibilities she has been helping the family a lot. “ whereas until now they had frequently been annoyed with her because she had struck them as being a little useless”, right when the family thought she was useless, Gregor’s condition had lead the family to discover how useful Grete really is. Mrs. Samsa protects Gregor because she care about him deeply and cannot stand the fact that he is a bug, “Let me go to Gregor, he is my unfortunate boy! Don't you understand that I have to go to him?”
When the story starts, Gregor is more or less unhappy with how things are going but is unable to change the fact that he is the sole provider for his family. Throughout the story we do see Gregor realize he spent his whole life pleasing his family then, when he is unable to provide for them we see his family getting fed up and annoyed with him. They are unable to deal with his change and to make it easier for them to cope, they try to not even think of him as Gregor. Father often refers to him as “it” and towards the end Mother and Grete do too. He became more and more frustrated with his family and acted impulsive at times because he was not able to make his family understand.
Due to this, it would be easy to interpret every detail of the story as the literal truth without looking at further scopes; however, the narration of the story consists of an ironic tone of voice, seen through the actions of Gregor’s family, making readers question the true intentions of the surrounding characters. For example, at the beginning of the story, Gregor’s mother inquires for the reason why he is still in bed, “the brief exchange [alerting] other members of the family to the surprising fact that Gregor was still at home” (Kafka, 507). Their concern is evident as each family member questions his sudden and uncharacteristic tardiness. In truth, what truly worries the family is that Gregor might be reprimanded from work. This is seen when his mother speaks to the chief clerk for Gregor’s behalf saying, “he’s not feeling well, believe me, Chief Clerk.
What if Gregor always felt sorry for himself but in reality was an immoral and selfish man who wanted others to see him as the poor man who did everything for his family and did not deserve all what happened to him. Gregor could have been a man who manipulated with his family and used his sickness as an excuse for not going to work. He avoided his manager because he knew that the manager would make him go to work if he saw him as the manager would see clearly that there was nothing wrong with Gregor. Gregor’s mother was blind because mothers always believe their children and Gregor was well aware of this, and knew how to manipulate with his mother. He tricked his sister into believing that he cared about her by paying for her music classes, and later when he decided to stop working, leave her with a feeling that she owes Gregor and should pay back to him.
Once Gregor transforms to a beetle, Grete provides him with food, and takes care of him. In chapter two, readers see Grete spend time in Gregor’s room, and when she sees that Gregor’s furniture is impeding with Gregor’s daily activities, she comes to the conclusion that removing his furniture would be best for him. However, in chapter two we see Grete slowly start to change. She seems a little scared of being alone with her brother. As the story continues, we see Grete spending less time with Gregor.
Grete have to work and take care of Gregor so she gets exhausted each time. At the end, Grete was the one who complained about Gregor, that how this bug is a monster and it is not her brother which also ruined the family relationship. At the end, when Gregor dies, Mr. and Mrs. Samsa feels that Grete have matured because she is the first to called Gregor out. “..but, while they were talking, Mr. and Mrs. Samsa were struck, almost simultaneously, with the thought of how their daughter was blossoming into a well built and a beautiful young lady” (Kafka,
In the last stages of the narrative, Grete begins to mature physically as well as mentally. She becomes less independent on the family when she takes a job as a sales girl to help support the family where Gregor has fallen short. As her personal needs grow, she becomes impatient with tending to Gregor (Kafka 52). This reveals that she is entrapped by Gregor 's transformation and in turn transforms herself. Her own wants were smothered by Gregor 's helplessness.
Considering they do not have close relationships with their parents, they grow close to each other. Even when Gregor has transformed into a bug, Grete still cares for him. Since his parents refuse to attend to him, Grete steps up and assumes a motherly role to him. She delivers him food and “To find out his likes and dislikes, she brought him a wide assortment of things… in addition to this she put down some water” (Kafka 24). Even with all of her assistance, Gregor never displays any sign of improving, ergo Grete abandons him.
This is the reason he wants to put her through music school. After the metamorphosis Gregor is still very moved by Grete’s music “ Was he an animal that music could move him so… He was determined to force himself on until he reached his sister… to let her know in this way that she should bring her violin into his room, for no one here appreciated her playing the way he would appreciate it.” (46) This highlights how human he is, he still loves and cares for his sister and is moved by her talent. This is a scene that takes place in the third act close to his death.
Critical- A pattern peeking out in this passage is that the family acts as if Gregor is not even there. Though Gregor is struggling for life and filled with negativity, the family doesn't even seem to care or want to care. They just want to live on with their lives and act like nothing that is going on is wrong. They also act like everything they do is right and that Gregor deserves to be locked up. I can relate this to WWII.