The Metamorphosis deals with themes of social alienation often self-imposed and existential anxiety.
Despite this transformation, however, Gregor seems to change very little as a character over the course of the story.
Most prominently, both as a man and an insect, Gregor patiently accepts the hardships he faces without complaint. For example, he does not seem at all alarmed at his new state of physicality when he wakes from his sleep to find that he has been transformed.
He simply looks around his small room and sees that everything appears to be normal, and attempts to go back to sleep. Throughout the story, we find that Gregor feels a sense of pride in helping his family because his father has become lethargic after his business failed and the family fell into debt and his mother has asthma and is unable to work.
Although he does not like his job, he helps his family with money without question.
It is interesting to see that Gregor does not at all question why he has been transformed into an insect or attempt to rectify the situation. On the contrary, he very quickly accepts his new physical state and tries to go about his life as best he can in his new condition.
This is also an indication of how the story goes on because not even the narration attempts to explain to the reader of this strange occurrence.
Gregor is a humble being and is quite commendable in his actions because despite his change, he initially still wants to go to work so that he can provide for his family. He also bemoans the fact that his family grows tired of him and their sympathy for him ultimately diminishes.
It is as though they were grateful to him in the beginning for his efforts but once they have come to expect it, any sort of respect and sympathy had faded away. As the story continues, Gregor's insect body has an increasing and prominent influence on his mental state and he quickly realizes that he can no longer play his role in the family.
This is in accordance with the motif of the disconnection between mind and body which leads to dehumanization. He soon finds pleasure in hiding in the dark under the sofa and crawling on the ceiling. In his final act of selflessness, he dies accepting his fate without complaint with his family's best interests in mind, just as he did while he lived.
In the beginning of the story, it is difficult for the reader to think of Gregor in any light because he seems very nonchalant about his situation.
The reader does feel sympathy for him in the beginning of the story because it is apparent that he is selfless in that he continues to work at a job he hates in order to provide for his family. As a character, Gregor is just as alienated as a human being as a bug to the point where he might as well have lived an insect's existence in the first place.
My feelings for him did not change so much throughout the story because his transformation is not too prominent aside from the physical aspect. It was a bit disturbing to read of his fantasy about his sister.
It was incredibly interesting, however, that even in his fantasy, he imagines himself to be a bug.
In my opinion, Kafka wants the readers to react to Gregor as his family does; at first with sympathy then as a nuisance as their sympathy diminishes.Oct 21, · But if we make a connection between Gregor’s story and Freud’s Mr. E, we might turn again to Freud for his model of consciousness in light of his (subsequent, but more important to our reading) model of trauma.
Kafka, Franz // Metamorphosis (ICON Group International, Inc.);, p39 Chapter III of the book "Metamorphosis," by Franz Kafka is presented. The story ends as the Samsa family take good care of Gregor as they cannot treat him as an enemy despite of his personality.
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Gregor Samsa - A traveling salesman and the protagonist of the regardbouddhiste.com hates his job but keeps it because of the obligations he feels to pay off his father’s debt and care for his family. He has transformed into a large bug and spends the rest of his life in that state.
The David Cronenberg-Kafka connection. Perhaps his most obvious connection to "The Metamorphosis," however, is his remake of "The Fly," in which a research scientist named Seth Brundle. Notes on The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka Context and a Jew with little connection to Judaism, Kafka struggled his entire life with a sense of alienation from those around him.
Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesman, wakes up in his bed to ﬁnd himself transformed into a.