Mr. Samsa In Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis

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1. Almost from the very beginning of Gregor’s metamorphosis, Mr. Samsa has been unwilling to accept Gregor as his son. Furthermore, Gregor’s transformation into an offensive form of an insect, constantly reminds Mr. Samsa of the grotesque, feeble, and pathetic aberration that he has fathered. Consequently, now that Gregor has genuinely revealed himself in all his audacious behavior, his cruel father is driven to destroy him. In his eyes, Gregor has become everything loathsome to him—scrawny, parasitic, and futile—not the kind of son this once successful and ambitious storekeeper could be proud of. Hence, as Mr. Samsa returns to his house in a position of strength and authority, he unfortunately witnesses the sight of his stricken wife down…show more content…
Even though the begging of Part II alludes to the notion that Gregor has been completely severed from the humanity concept, because he woke up at twilight, there are numerous events at the end of the chapter that substantiate the belief that he is more human than his family. First, his remembrance of his sister’s ability to “play movingly” on the violin suggests a sense of humanity in him because he not only recalls the proud feeling of watching his sister play the instrument, but also is willing to invest his own earnings in fulfilling his sisters’ dreams. Second, when his mother’s few words enter his body, first time after his astronomical transformation, he once again is reminded of his humanity as he makes an emotional connection to that moment. Third, him instantly protecting the framed picture hanging on the wall yet once again symbolizes his link with humanity because it acts a medium out of alienation; furthermore, the glass that separates him from the picture represents humanity in that though it seems out of reach, it still is reluctant of leaving him. Finally, at the end of the novel, when Gregor seems to garner enough courage, he puts his self-interest before his consideration for his family, yet once again alludes to him being more human because he yearns for freedom, which is a humanistic concept. Therefore, these are some literary examples from the text that substantiate the belief that Gregor is evidently more human than his family by the end of the
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