Franz Kafka 's The Metamorphosis

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For many people the family is something that is there as a form of support and guidance. Mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters all gain strength from those around them to face the sometimes harsh challenges of day to day life. However, not many often consider the possibility that the family can not only build you up but also tear you down. In Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis this destruction is what is seen in the Samsa family. Through what they believe to be necessary, Gregor’s family destroys the environment that he knows, Gregor Samsa destroys his family, and Mr. and Mrs. Samsa bring unnecessary destruction to both of their children. The very nature of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis is change and the effect on people. The first very obvious change is that of Gregor Samsa into a “monstrous vermin” (Kafka 3). However, one change that many may not realize is that of the arrangement of the apartment after Gregor’s metamorphosis. The Samsa family, with the exception of Grete, does not know how to properly cope with Gregor’s transformation. So in response to their new normal, the family decides to make changes. One of the first is when Gregor’s sister Grete and his mother decide to change the arrangement of his bedroom; which up until then had been the only place he had been left to live in solitude. Kafka explained the actions of the women as, “They were clearing out his room; depriving him of everything that he loved. . .” (Kafka 35). Gregor had not had much to love in life. His

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