The Loss Of Position In Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis

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For the most part, Gregor attempts to negate who he has become and his condition deteriorates quickly because of the pressure that his family places on him. In a 2014 article published in Labyrinth: An International Refereed Journal of Postmodern Studies, Shahriar Kabir states, “From a familial perspective, Gregor loses his position both as a son and as a brother.” At one point in the story, Greta abandons her empathetic ways with her brother, Gregor. She tells her father that it is time for them to take action and get rid of the bug which she claims can in no way be her brother Gregor. She goes on to say that Gregor will only be a burden and is too much to handle on top of their jobs. This part of the story shows that, in the eyes of Greta…show more content…
In A consideration of Kafka’s Metamorphosis as a Metaphor for existential anxiety about aging, Ciaran O’Connor says, “Kafka perhaps picks….. to best contrast Gregor as switching so violently from a role of being the central cog in the family machine, to being the crippled load that the family ends up grudgingly dragging.” Previously, Gregor had been the provider of his family; he had brought in the money, made sure that the family had a nice place to stay, and wanted to support his sister in what she wanted to do. However, due to his transformation into a bug, he can no longer work, honorably walk around in public, and no longer has the power to speak for Greta. This transition from provider to useless bug is important because it shows how quickly society can decide the fate of an individual. Gregor had no say in the physical transformation that his body was going through, and no one asked for his input of how he was being treated; he did not have the ability to speak up if he wanted to disagree with the way that people treated him. This drastic transformation of Gregor’s physical and social condition indicates that the lives that individuals lead is often out of their control and actually controlled by society. Society dictates what it appropriate. When individuals go against these “rules” and norms, individuals are persecuted even if they did not consciously and explicitly go against society’s rules. Indeed, a person’s life can change in a moment’s notice without the consent of the person whose life is being changed because of society and its
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