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The Metamorphosis

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Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis is broken into three different sections; each bring about a change in the story and expand the setting from Gregor’s room to the outside world. With each change of setting comes a change in the characters within the story. Gregor changes from a man who thinks of nothing but his family and money problems, into someone who is concerned with his own problems. Gregor’s sister goes from a loving and caring person to someone that feels totally betrayed by his transformation. Gregor’s father is someone who seems to be harsh on Gregor and, with his transformation and the change of acts, only gets more harsh towards Gregor. Gregor’s mother is the only person who remains fairly constant through the story. She has love for Gregor as her son and even after the metamorphosis, she still has this sense of this creature being her son even though she is disgusted by his looks.

In Act I of this story Gregor awakes to find himself transformed. “ Gregor's eyes turned next to the window, and the overcast sky—one could hear raindrops beating on the window gutter—made him quite melancholy. What about sleeping a little longer and forgetting all this nonsense, he thought, but it could not be done, for he was accustomed to sleep on his right side and in his present condition he could not turn himself over.” This is one of the first passages for the story and reveals that Gregor doesn’t really care too much about his transformation. In this line his is more concerned with the weather and the fact that he can’t sleep on his side. This is coming from a man who has been transformed into a dung beetle. His general lack of concern over the transformation echoes throughout act I. He goes from thinking about how he was not awoken by his alarm clock to thoughts about how he has missed his train to work. Again the thoughts about being transformed into an insect and what he should do about it are not of his top priority. He just thinks about what he...

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