In The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka manifests naïveté of Gregor Samsa by prolonging his realization of societal banishment due to underexposure. Revelations made by Samsa later prove his ignorance of his purpose in the eyes of his family. In addition to the many instances in which Gregor is trialed, Kafka’s continuous stream of distractions mimic Gregor’s persona.
In sequence, the story progresses into an ultimate partial realization of Gregor’s predicament and its origins. Gregor Samsa’s obliviousness to his daily experiences, in essence, produce his present plight by allowing himself to fall farther from reality. Occurrences after the transformation collectively form reasoning for the bizarre situation Gregor remains in as a result of Kafka’s muddied plot setup. Various characters partake amongst this indirect syntax as symbols of the world Gregor is not aware of. Work takes over as Gregor stands as the sole provider, leaving him with few focuses or cares.
Awakening to find that one has somehow become a creature of great antipathy cannot be a situation taken lightly. In the beginning of the story, Gregor’s finding of the transformation is followed by irrelevant observations that divert from the bigger picture. He says to himself, “Before a quarter past seven I absolutely must be out if bed. Besides, by that time someone from the office opens before seven o’ clock.” (Kafka,11). Oddly, this is said shortly after his self discovery. If such a situation as this were to ever happen, a normal person would question how, and why, rather than how they will get to work. Kafka tactfully places Gregor’s breadwinner position in such a manner, that focus temporarily turns to his work as the story is read. Such a
strong focus on minute details blossom into a larger insight of Gregor’s adolescent outlook on his reality.
A child’s siblings often tend to leave a large impact on their lives. In Gregor’s case, this is relevant. “The sister”, Grete, represents somewhat of an oasis in Gregor’s rigorous, repetitive life. The oasis she represents is negative in this case because it has slowly evolved into a partial reason for Gregor’s naïveté by raising his homely comfort level in orbit around her. His deficiency of a normal lifestyle can be observed when the picture of the woman in fur is mentioned. Her picture represents what Gregor wants but either cannot have, or is too inexperienced to seek out in reality. Grete, however, provides Gregor with a sliver of normalcy from her talent in music alongside her love and care for her brother. Prior to the climax of the story, her actions toward Gregor alter drastically to Gregor’s dismay.
Grete: “Mother fainted, but she's better now. Gregor's broken loose." Father: “Just what I expected,” said his father, “just what I've been telling you would happen, but you women would never listen." It was clear to Gregor that his father had taken the worst interpretation of Grete's all too brief statement and was...