Metamorphosis Essay From the very beginning of the novel, the Metamorphosis, when Gregor explains, “If I didn’t hold back for my parent’s sake, I’d have quit ages ago. I would go to the boss and state my opinion out loud from the bottom of my heart” (Kafka 14), it is evident that Gregor felt obligated to provide an income for his family. Proceeding these feelings of obligation, Gregor experienced a massive amount of guilt as he could no longer support the rest of his family financially, due to his transformation into a gargantuan pest. Throughout the Metamorphosis, Gregor’s guilt consumed his thoughts and ultimately resulted in a strain in the relationships with his family members. Gregor felt guilty because he could no longer provide for
In the graphic novel Maus II, the protagonist, Artie stays at his father’s house and asks him to recall his time at the Holocaust for his book. Vladek is a caring father who is sometimes a bit too much to handle. As he recalls his life during World War II and the Holocaust, Artie must decide whether it is more important to get his story, or if he can actually survive staying with his father. Vladek wants what is best for his son, but it always seems like the whole family is lost. Vladek lost his wife and firstborn, while Art lost his mother and a brother he had never met.
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
The work, “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst is a realistic nonfiction short story. In this work, a boy Doodle is born with major disabilities, and his brother (the narrator) is ashamed of him. However, he also loves him. Doodle cannot walk, but the narrator teaches him, and goes further into the “net of expectation” and pushes his brother too far. Eventually, Doodle dies tragically in a storm, and his dead body resembles a scarlet ibis that has made an appearance in the story before.
“The Scarlet Ibis” In the short story “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, that narrator expresses a sense of guilt as he recalls his childhood that could not accept the humiliation of having a crippled brother. His true ambitions are conveyed through the dialogue, which gives insight to the real reasons for the narrator’s actions. The flashback reveals how the narrator is able to understand the terribleness and pridefulness of his actions toward Doodle when he reflects on his early years with Doodle. The dialogue provides the narrator’s reaction after understanding the ugliness of his actions to Doodle. After weeks of practice, the narrator and Doodle finally decide to show their family that Doodle can indeed walk.
He finally got married and was living a normal male life (nature). After finding out that Dr. Money was still using their case that nurture can out rule nature, they decided to protest against him. Once the documentary was broadcast, Brian’s mental health deuterated (nurture). After David’s twin brother died, David’s life wasn’t so great any more. He had lost a lot of money due to a very bad investment.
The story is not only called “The Metamorphosis” because he is an insect, but it symbolizes the change in his life from this process. Gregor’s life entirely changes when this transformation happens to him. Despite Gregor’s appreciation for being alone, he constantly would listen in on his family’s conversations (Kafka 480). This shows that Gregor was hurt by his isolation, and that is was not such a great thing anymore now that it is forced on him from his family (Kafka 491). He has no choice but to remain unseen in order to please them and avoid
The cruelty of the Samsa family to Gregor started even before his metamorphosis. He was the main supporter of his family after his father's business failed and by this be was trapped. Forced to work a job he hated Gregor worked tirelessly to pay off his father’s debt. In doing so Gregor was isolated from the world and was never able to find a wife or have a life of his own. After Gregor’s metamorphosis the cruelty his family showed him changed.
Throughout the novella, it is apparent that Gregor becomes increasingly isolated from the world and dehumanized by the people surrounding him. Gregor soon is resented by his family for being such a burden, and is separated from his group to which he has been comfortably attached to for most of his life. His work and family are main contributors to Gregor’s feelings of isolation and alienation and he is not able to overcome these respective tragedies. Family is one of the most common groups that we as human beings feel an obligation to be a part of. In Metamorphosis, Gregor is loved greatly by his family for all of his hard work at his job so he can provide for his entire family without them
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller is a modern tragedy portraying the final days of Willy Loman’s life. Willy was once a well-liked salesman who could provide for his family. Sadly, as Willy is ageing, he is no longer able to make ends meet. Willy suffers from both depression and anxiety, the cause of which is his disintegrating career and his guilt of a past affair, which his eldest son, Biff, causing a great strain on their relationship. As the play advances, Willy becomes less able to differentiate between the present and the past.
At some point he got to work as a truck driver, but he had given up on that after half an year. And his life had turned into one fail after the other... Until his sister 's accident and her death... It had been like waking call for him. Or more like an ice-bucket being thrown in his face. He had come back.
The absence of his biological father added to the yearn to know his roots, where he came from and who he was, as he became older. James struggled with identity for a great deal of his life after his stepfather, who seemed to be the emotional stability for the family, died. James was supposed to take care of the family after his stepfather died, but instead he dropped out of school, ran the streets, and picked up a bad habit of his stepfather’s- drinking. You would think that because James had good influences in his life that he would immediately take on that role after being taught, but James fell apart and had to learn to become a man on his own. Eventually, James found himself and began to transform into the man his fathers had taught him to
The surgery caused Charlie to lose most liked friends .after the surgery Charlie Gordon lost Miss Kinnian because the a.i surgery made him to smart.”the thought of leaving her behind made me sad”(keys 234). Charlie Gordon was sad because he could not relate to anyone after the surgery Charlie lost friends. It is often thought that Charlie Gordon should
To lead off, the Great Depression put millions out of work. With no sustainable job, people did not have a steady source of income. Due to this, families tried their best to conserve money, such as the family in Passage 1. According to Robert J. Hastings, “we stopped the evening paper, turned off the city water and cleaned out our well, sold our four-door Model T touring car with the snap-on side curtains and
He had been working for a man named Henry. He worked for him for nine or ten years but was taken advantage of. “Henry Maxwell to come and take Jim’s, too.”(38) Henry took Jim 's share leaving Jim broke and alone. He mad lame excuses to Jim for why he got the money. “He said I owned it to him because one of his mules died about a month ago.”(38) He blamed Jim for his mule dying and he owned him just so he could have the money.