In beginning of the novel Grete is submissive younger sister, who listens to her parents and does not voice her opinions. Upon finding out about Gregor’s metamorphosis she originally is reduced to tears, for her family has keep her sheltered from society, thus Grete was just an innocent young girl. However as the chapter progresses Grete turns into the only person in the family who is willing to tolerate Gregor in his insect form, Grete grows assertive protecting Gregor and continuing to treat him as her brother. As Grete continues to care for Gregor their parents begin to see Grete as a proper independent and competent woman; however, once Grete is required to work as a shop girl while also maintaining her studies her patience and fortitude begin to dwindle. Grete finally cracks when Gregor ruins her violin concert by showing the tenants his true roach form.
One: he is more comfortable being in confined spaces rather than being out in the open. Two: He wants to help his family despite his condition. So he hides to make life for his family much easier. And now with Gregor being an insect, he can’t support his family yet expects to be treated in return for supporting his family for so many years, yet gets nothing in return. Gregor knows that he wants to help his family but can’t, so he hides so his family can feel like he does not exist.
Her perspective towards Gregor’s existence changes once again when she begins work at a shop. She is often “exhausted… [she] had gotten fed up with taking care of Gregor” (42) and increasingly neglects Gregor’s humanity as he is no longer the only source that gives her merit to her family. She later proposes that the family “must try to get rid of it” (49) as Gregor has little pragmatic use to her, and his existence only threatens her
Then, Gregor 's sister stated that they had to cut of Gregor. They all agreed with the father when he pathetically wailed “if he could just understand us”. This is a bit comedic since the father is the one who didn 't understand Gregor. Gregor understood them perfectly. Gregor felt his pain subsiding and breathed his last breath.
The narrator said, “During the first fortnight, Gregor’s parents could not bring themselves to enter his room…” He has been disconnected from his family to the point where they’re emotionally unstable and unable to treat him as he deserves with affection and comfort to help him cope with his metamorphosis. The narrator shows this disconnection before the mutation,”Gregor later earned so much money that he was in a position to cover the expenses for the entire family…” He later described the exchange not “particularly warm”. Gregor feels alienated by his parents because of the lack of affection for him providing for them. This change has long since happened but is in full affect more than ever since the transmutation. Overall Gregor has changed both physically and emotionally.
He retreats back into his room one last time without anyone following behind him. “…He barely noticed that not a single word, not an ejaculation from his family, interfered with his progress.” (Kafka 497). His family did not believe that Gregor was still present. At this point in the story they are giving up on Gregor, and they want to put an end to him. They locked the door behind him and from then on they went about their lives without him.
This can easily be seen in Gregor’s reaction towards his family. He knows his duty and responsibilities towards his parents and sister and in entire story he tries to form a bonding with his family member although initially unware of the fact that he was no longer a human (or he didn’t want to believe that initially). He became aware of the fate in a timely manner that his transformation was the cause that has drifted him away from his family members. He tries to behave normally while talking initially but to vain as no one understands what he is saying, it was possibly the care of his sister that kept him driving and with her rejection he becomes completely depressed contributing to his
Geoffrey Chaucer describes Dorigen as “[taking] him for her husband and hir lord.” Usually in marriage gender norms, it is the husband who takes the girl by asking, but Chaucer displays it as Dorigen who “takes” him as “her” husband. This is a vivid presentation that Dorigen took the lead in marriage and is the dominant one in the relationship. Furthermore, Chaucer states that while Arvegaus may have “swore her as a knight, [he] … obey[s] her and follow[s] her will in everything.” Chaucer includes this to denote that only when he is representing his public figure, he is dominant. Despite Arvegaus knight status, he obeys and follows Dorigen “will” in “everything.” This is a crystal clear message that this dominance over Dorigen is only an illusion for the public; the armor that provides protection from the vulnerable truth inside. The truth is that Dorigen is the one who is the dominant figure in their relationship; a complete reversal of the gender norms of the man being in charge.
In Sejour’s passage “The Mulatto”, the relationship between Alfred and George creates an epical performance. Although George is not aware of Alfred being his father, he still obey and protect Alfred who is his master. Like all slave and master relationships back then, George protects Alfred after learning about possible assignation. George does all these obedient and generous actions because he felt a sub servant feeling toward his master. This is true for many slaves back then.