metamorphosis
Topics: The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka / Pages: 7 (1692 words) / Published: Sep 23rd, 2013

The Transformation of Gregor’s Family :
An Analysis of “The Metamorphosis”
In Franz Kafka’s 1915 novella “The Metamorphosis,” is about betrayal and humiliation of an individual by his family. Gregor Samsa is a young traveling salesman who spends his life working in order to support his family. One morning, he wakes up and finds himself transformed into a gigantic vermin (Kafka 3).At first, he tries to remain calm and go back to bed. However, his transformed body prevents him from getting comfortable; he thinks it is because of his demanding job. When his family discovers about his change, his father is the first who shoves him back to his room. From the text you can see that the existence of Gregor’s family rests solely on his shoulders, just as a queen bee relies on the worker bees. As the metamorphosis occurs, each member of the family has different reactions and deals differently with the change. Immediately, after Gregor’s transformation, we start to see how selfish his father, his mother, and his sister are. Gregor becomes dependable and his family goes back to work (like the worker bees).
The Metamorphosis Of Gregor’s Father
Throughout the first chapter of The Metamorphosis, Gregor and his father shows a weak relation between each other. They are the two characters that most directly contrast with each other. One critic, Ramon Mendoza G. argues is if everything narrated in the story is, according to Kafka’s “Einsinnigkeitsprinzip,”merely the protagonist’s perspectival view of things, then the bug is unquestionably the protagonist’s self-image (which is not just his fancy, but hard reality). The protagonist sees himself as what he has actually become, a dung beetle. The only one in the story who treats him, as one would expect an intrusive, gigantic dung beetle to be treated, is the father. By this token alone, father and son are placed in a special, indeed a truly unique antithetical relationship, where the extreme vehemence of the father’s

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