As his family enjoys the money he makes to provide for them their lack of appreciation for Gregor makes him feel less human everyday leading to his physical metamorphosis. This physical change separates Gregor from his family socially. His new body prevents him from being able to continue to work and provide for his family ceasing is social status within the family. When the family ultimately decides to completely alienate Gregor from the family resulting in his death. Gregor was able to continue live after his physical transformation because his family still acknowledged him as their own.
In the "Metamorphosis" Kafka uses metaphors to show several ways that public shaming can lead to the harm of one’s self-esteem; eventually leading to complete isolation. Throughout the story Gregor was isolated from his social life, his family life, and his professional life. The amount of shame that Gregor encountered also led to the lack of communication between him and the members of his family. Although Gregor experienced extreme isolation and self-hate due to public shame, he is one of many people who deal with the pressure of society on a daily basis. The amount of shame and doubt is experienced by people in our society every day and has become somewhat of a norm.
The story of Gregor Samsa’s transformation is sad when it comes to his family. There are his main family and his workmen and woman, that all tie into how Gregor is treated after his big transformation. He is told to the reader to be hideous and unrecognizable after he transforms. He keeps some of his humanity and self-worth, but that doesn’t stop his family from treating him differently. First you have Grete Samsa, Gregor’s sister; she is important to how the story plays out.
Friedrich Nietzsche once said: “Man is the cruelest animal.” In regards to The Metamorphosis, Gregor’s family is less human than Gregor – even if he is in the body of a bug. In chapter 1, it is explained that Gregor worked long and hard in order to support his family while they did not enter the workforce for five years. In return, when Gregor wakes up as a bug, no one in his family throw themselves to find a way to ‘bring Gregor back’. Although he is a bug, he possesses human thoughts and behaves in a respectful manner when his sister enters his room every day. Gregor’s morals and love for his family are not accepted by his family, instead he is locked in his room separated from society and his family does not even offer to help him.
In The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka portrays Gregor’s transformation and how his family acknowledges it. In my perspective, Gregor’s metamorphosis represents his change in gender and how he adapts to his changes versus how his family regards them. Gregor pays no attention to his new form of living, he only sees it as a stressful situation due to his family not accepting this change. His transformation is characterized as a metaphor for his new body and that he no longer is the traditional man his family views him as. Gregor had the responsibility of clearing his family debt and everyone in the family viewed him as working man, when Gregor was sick and could not get out of bed his mom told the clerk that there has to be something unusually
The giant bug that Gregor wakes up as symbolizes the emptiness of Gregor’s life and how before turning into a repulsive bug, his life is just as insignificant as it is after. As a bug, Gregor ultimately sees himself as the insect his family thought of him as. He is supporting his family because his parents were too old and his sister too young, but in actuality when
There are several themes throughout the story that are important to the people of today as well as back then. The first of those themes, and the most important, is that the past will always affect the present. Emily was constantly plagued by her past in this story. Her father had been a cruel, selfish man who wanted to keep her all to himself. According to the author, her father constantly wanted her at home to take care of him and the house.
The novella Metamorphosis written by Franz Kafka tells the story of Gregor, a traveling salesman, who one day wakes up to find himself a massive, monstrous insect-like creature, an explanation for which is never provided, leaving him in a position where he can’t really do much anymore because of his looks. In Gregor’s family life, before the bug situation happened. He was the sole provider who took care of the family. Including his weak, dependent father, his mother and sister. Who ignored him when he was stuck in his room as a cockroach while he died covered in trash and lonely.
The text states, “The office assistant was the boss’ man, spineless, and with no understanding” (Kafka 95). Gregor is the main character in the text. This is significant to Gregor because his change will allow him to escape his spineless boss. In addition, Gregor will be able to try and achieve his aspirations to become successful. Gregor has a picture in his room that shows his aspirations.