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Analysis Of The Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka

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How does one pick sides between their brother and their parents? In the short story “The Metamorphosis,” Franz Kafka depicts the life of Gregor Samsa - a young man who had inexplicably transformed into a bug. While it is easy to see Gregor’s dramatic physical change, the character who changed most significantly is Grete Samsa, Gregor’s sister. Unlike Gregor’s change in appearance, Grete’s change is occurring from within, which is evident in her behavior throughout the story. Her constant internal struggle between caring for Gregor and doing what’s best for her parents, results in an evolving personality that ultimately transforms Grete from a child to an independent young woman.
In the beginning of the story, Kafka shows that Grete is a loving and caring little sister. When the family discovers that something is wrong with Gregor, their reactions are mixed. The mother and father seem more concerned with Gregor missing work than with his actual health. Mrs. Samsa keeps asking, “‘Gregor… don’t you want to be on your way?’” (Kafka, 139) in a manner that shows she wants him to go to work even if he is ill. This helps further portray Grete as the loving one of the family as she is constantly asking, “‘Gregor? Are you all right?’” (Kafka, 139). By doing so, Grete shows that she loves Gregor and worries that her brother is okay. The fact that Grete is the only one in the family remotely concerned for Gregor’s well being is somewhat shocking. Furthermore, this situation presents
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