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Dehumanization In Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis

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This is, for sure, a symbol of Gregor’s dehumanization. Although he still thinks that he has the mindset of a human despite his transformation into a vermin, he is losing his human-like interests. In the passage before this one, Gregor was complaining about how hungry he was because he hadn't eaten since before he had transformed, but when he is presented which something to consume, he refuses it. Not only does he refuse it, but he is disgusted by it. Kafka even goes as far as to say that Gregor “loathed” the milk. Milk was once Gregor's favorite beverage, but he no longer wants it, perhaps because he transformed into a giant vermin. The passage goes on to explain how Gregor is completely revolted by the fresh fruit and how he prefers to…show more content…
Throughout the whole story so far, Gregor has felt nothing but fear or concern for his family. Now, he is finally showing that he is afraid and worried for his life. Transforming into a bug has taught Gregor many things. He has learned that his family isn't really there for him too much, he found that he is different from everyone else psychologically, and now he has learned that he needs to protect himself. As Gregor runs from his father, he shows fear. He is afraid that he harmed or possibly killed his mother, he is afraid that he shocked Grete, but overall, he is afraid that his father is going to kill him. Gregor hasn't really communicated with his father in a loving way, whenever the father is around, their interaction seems forced or very business-like. He was not concerned when Gregor was trapped in his room, he just did not want Gregor to lose his job. Now, while the father knows that there is a very high probability of this bug being his son, he still attempts to kill and harm him. The father lifts his shoes high, most likely to frighten Gregor or to try to crush him beneath the soles. Later, he throws fruit at him, and an apple even becomes lodged in Gregor’s shell, handicapping him for a few days. This leads me to ask this question; What are the father’s feelings towards Gregor? Does he actually view him as a son or is he only a source of money? Is he disappointed in Gregor? Would he prefer a harder working, more confident son? The father is actually quite tough on Gregor, the same way Franz Kafka’s father was mentally and physically tough on him as a boy. Kafka’s father was disappointed in his son, but he still pushed him. The large soles of the father’s shoes could symbolize how Kafka felt like his father always metaphorically stepped on him and crushed his self confidence. The way Kafka describes how large and strong the father looks is definitely symbolic of Kafka’s own father,
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