The Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka

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In the story, The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka, a young man named Gregor unexpectedly turns into a human sized cockroach. Consequently, this causes a drastic shift in Gregor and his family’s lives, for Gregor was the only person who was able to support his family with their demands. As time passes by, his family’s responses towards Gregor’s sudden transformation alters, giving insight into their characters throughout the story. These insights also correspond with many of their interactions with one another and with the minor characters. Moreover, Gregor’s family’s responses all correlate to Gregor’s transformation throughout the story, as this change not only affects himself, but his parents and his sister as well, in their everyday…show more content…
In the beginning, Grete “had seemed to [Gregor’s family] a somewhat useless young woman” but now, “Grete teamed up with her mother to do the cooking…” because their servant girl left, showing how she was now taking up responsibilities and doing her share of work (34,40). She also took up “a job as a salesgirl and, in the evening, studied stenography and French, so as perhaps to later obtain a better position” (54). As time passed, Grete busied herself by becoming more independent. Because she barely had any free time, she stopped caring for Gregor as much as she used to and now, only “kicked some food, or other, very quickly into his room and whisked it out with one sweep of her broom since the task could not be done any more quickly” (57). Her exhaustion caused her to focus on her priorities and her brother was the last on the list, but even then, she did not allow her mother to do her chore of taking care of Gregor, and continued to do it herself. Eventually, her response altered. Grete was filled with fatigue from all of the responsibilities she had to keep up with and she realized that Gregor was never going to turn back to normal, concluding that “[the family] must get rid of it” (68). She no longer considered Gregor as a brother but instead, as a “monster.” Grete agreed that her family might not “have a brother, but [they] could go on living and honour his memory” (69). Grete understood that this constant task of caring of her needy brother,

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