To the devil with it all!” (Kafka 14). Although he had just awoken to find himself transformed into a gigantic bug, Gregor worried more about how much he despised his work. The pressure that the family placed on Gregor led him to be less concerned with his own well-being; furthermore, his inability to get to work makes Gregor feel guilty. Gregor is enslaved to his job and his family; when his mother said, "'Believe me, sir, there's something the matter with him. Otherwise how would Gregor have missed a train?
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
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 also obstructs his family from making money when he sneaks into the boarders’ room. In Part II, when Gregor eavesdrops on his family’s conversation regarding their financial situation, “he had bent all his endeavors to helping the family get over the commercial catastrophe, which had plunged them all into complete despair” (112). This text shows how Gregor still feels responsible as the family’s only source of income. However, his incapability to provide an income leaves him in total “shame and
This definition applies to the Metamorphosis, as Gregor is in an ”unfathomable universe“, and assumes ”ultimate responsibility for acts of free will“, as he believes he is responsible for forcing his family to provide for themselves. The father confirms the argument that he wants to alienate Gregor after Gregor’s death when he says, ”’Now then… let’s give thanks to God for that’“(Kafka, 27-8). This shows that even though his son has died, he still considers him as an ”it“, for he shows little sympathy for his death. Finally, now that Gregor is gone, the father is at peace with himself, and he takes his wife and daughter, and move out of their home. This shows how the father also believed that Gregor was holding them back, as they need to take care of him, and now that he cut him loose he can finally move
Franz Kafka starts his story, The Metamorphosis, by transforming his main character into a vermin, one of the most disgusting and loathsome insects. With Gregor’s transformation, Kafka is exposing a metaphorical view of how life can be shown in a tangible, physical way. Gregor’s metamorphosis consists in his insides coming out. His new state of being reflects his life and his inner thoughts. A cockroach is a tangible representation of how he feels about his life and the relationship with his family.
He eventually copes with his loneliness and finds hope beyond his despair, but the hunger is more problematic. His new form has him ravenous but he cannot tolerate the foods he once loved. He has no idea how to nourish his new body. Gregor’s physical nourishment once met by garbage and leftovers delivered from his sister now gives way to the spiritual and emotional hunger he feels. Kafka warns against the dangers of complacency and assimilation through the objectification of Gregor.
Metamorphosis Metamorphosis is among the most frequently analyzed pieces in the field of writing. It is an indefinable story that mostly archives the makeover of Samsa Gregor, who transformed to a gargantuan insect (Kafka et al. 3-7). Mainly, this work has been renowned for its ability to create inspiration to various, sometimes equally exclusive interpretations. As a result, the Metamorphosis has become one of the fundamental enigmas of the present day literary mind 's eye.
Vince Dinh Mr. Platt IB English SL 2 Mar 2018 The Representative Transformation of Gregor in The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, known for defining a new grotesque, or kafkaesque, genre of literature, explores the life of a travelling salesman after his unfortunate transformation into a giant vermin. As the novella progresses, Gregor Samsa becomes anything but human after the titular metamorphosis occurs. During his human life, being a hardworking salesman for his family, Gregor Samsa exuded common traits of the typical middle-class worker during the time, such as that he worked tirelessly for his family. Thereby, his intentions are selfless in nature when he chooses to provide money for the family instead of affection. Yet,
Kafka’s writing style is unparalleled, with surreal as his genre; using the stream of thought to reflect the slow, but steady, change in the psychological mind state of its protagonist. Kafka continues to dismember the limbs of Gregor's family to prove that even a family can deny your existence, in the chase of a perfect and stable life, also known as capitalism. Kafka's surrealism becomes a broken reflection of our dreary reality that leaves us, readers, wondering