IB English A: literature (SL)
February 28th, 2012
Word Count: 1,416
The Meta-Metamorphosis: An In-depth Look into the Metamorphosis of Grete
In Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, one can find two forms of metamorphoses. One, being the most apparent, is Gregor’s physical transformation from a man to an insect, and secondly one may find a subtext of a form of transformation of Grete. This transformation is one that allows Grete to switch roles from being a young sister role to a motherly role to Gregor, and to lastly a judge with the decision of Gregor’s death in her hands.
Grete’s first role in the book is that of an ordinary sister to Gregor. Their connection and sibling bond can be viewed as very strong, as when Gregor is still inside his room; his sister is outside his door crying, as though she knew what was happening before he even revealed himself to the outside world. “If only his sister had been there! She was perceptive; she had already begun to cry when Gregor was still lying calmly on his back” (p.13). This connection is further shown when Gregor finds himself chasing after the manager, and he immediately thinks of Grete as the only way of saving him from this unfortunate situation. This thought of how Grete should be used is almost an exploitation of her body, close to how the rest of the family treated Gregor and is a foreshadow of the Grete’s final transformation into the new primary caretaker for the family, as the Samsa family treats him as the only source for money. “And certainly the manager…would have listened to her” (p.13). This is where one may view Gregor’s intentions of exploiting Grete’s young, female figure to resolve his problem as the manager is known to be a fan of women. At one point, right before she becomes the primary caretaker of Gregor, Grete acts as though she is a stranger to Gregor. “But as if she felt sorry for her behavior, she immediately opened the door again and came in on...