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In The Metamorphosis, how does Gregor feel about his job and how do you know?

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jonesca54 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 26, 2009 at 1:32 AM via web

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In The Metamorphosis, how does Gregor feel about his job and how do you know?

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 2, 2009 at 5:52 PM (Answer #1)

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Gregor's feelings about his job as a traveling salesman are made clear very early in Part I of the story. He hates it for numerous reasons:

God! . . . What a job I've chosen. Traveling day in, day out. A much more worrying occupation than working in the office! And apart from business itself, this plague of traveling: the anxieties of changing trains, the irregular, inferior meals, the ever changing faces, never to be seen again, people with whom one has no chance to be friendly. To hell with it all!"

Even though Gregor despises his job, he continues to work because his parents owe Gregor's boss money. He plans to quit the miserable job when he has saved enough money to pay his parents' debt--in five or six years.

 

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