Kafka's Metamorphosis Essay

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Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, is the story of Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesman who is responsible for the financial well-being of his entire family, yet experiences an unfortunate metamorphosis into a giant bug. However, while Gregor undergoes a disturbing physical transformation, the family dynamic changes drastically as well. The family’s treatment of Gregor slowly deteriorates from them regarding him as the basis for their financial success and security to regarding him as no more than an extraordinary nuisance that holds them back from a brighter future.
On the morning of Gregor’s transformation, each family member noticed his absence and visited his room to inquire about his ...view middle of the document...

The maternal instinct of Mrs. Samsa finally causes her to overcome her initial shock, and she begins to plead her case to other family members to allow her to interact with her son. After finally convincing Gregor’s father and sister to allow her to visit, she attempts to take over the care of Gregor, but is not emotionally able to handle the situation, and instead chooses to ignore the problem altogether.
Gregor’s father is now faced with the task of financially supporting of the family. He barely tolerates Gregor’s existence in the house, as he father sees Gregor as the source of the strain on the family dynamic. Gregor himself even notices the change of his frail father, pointing out a few key observations in a pivotal encounter with him. “And now here he was fairly erect” and “under the bushy eyebrows an alert and vigorous expression in his black eyes” (Kafka, Franz Kafka Metamorphosis and Other Stories). As Gregor’s father's physical changes increase, so does his resentment towards his son, culminating in his throwing an apple which gravely injures Gregor.
The family continues to allow Gregor to stay in the house, although they become increasingly neglectful...

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