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In The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, why did Gregor's dad throw apples to Gregor and...

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In The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, why did Gregor's dad throw apples to Gregor and what is the symbolic meaning?

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 6, 2012 at 3:54 AM (Answer #1)

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Let me first give the quote:

"An apple thrown without much force glanced against Gregor's back and slid off without doing any harm. Another one however, immediately following it, hit squarely and lodged in his back; Gregor wanted to drag himself away, as if he could remove the surprising, the incredible pain by changing his position; but he felt as if nailed to the spot and spread himself out, all his senses in confusion."

Gregor's father threw the apple at him, because he was disgusted. There was a level of repulsion at what Gregor had become. Even before this event, this is made clear in the book. Gregor's father hit him with a newspaper and walking stick. What make this situation worse is that Gregor was actually the breadwinner. He was the one who kept the family afloat and yet they treated him with disdain. 

In addition, it is worth mentioning that Gregor did nothing afterwards with the apple. It just festered in his back. This shows that Gregor is simply willing to take his lot. 

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