How does Gregor feel about his transformation?

In The Metamorphosis, Gregor is not shocked at all when he wakes up and finds that he's been changed into a giant bug. He wonders, with mild curiosity, what has happened to him, but then his thoughts turn away to how tired he is and how difficult his job has made it for him to have a life outside of work.

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Surprisingly, Gregor does not seem at all shocked or even surprised by his transformation into a giant bug. He notices that he has been changed into an insect, and his first thought is, "What's happened to me." However, his next thought is that he would really like to keep sleeping...

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Surprisingly, Gregor does not seem at all shocked or even surprised by his transformation into a giant bug. He notices that he has been changed into an insect, and his first thought is, "What's happened to me." However, his next thought is that he would really like to keep sleeping for a while longer, and his next thought is of how demanding his job is. Gregor registers a mild curiosity regarding his physical transformation, but then he immediately moves on to thinking about his regular life and how unfulfilling it has been—how it has prevented him from getting good sleep, eating good food, forming intimate relationships, and so on.

This can be taken as a clue that Gregor isn't completely surprised by his physical transformation because he has already, in a metaphorical way, emotionally and socially transformed into a kind of insect (or "vermin" or "pest," depending on the translation). The unreasonable demands of his job and the negative impact that the job has had on his personal life have essentially rendered him as inhuman as a bug. He cannot do any of the things that would seem to make human life worth living. Gregor has been so dehumanized by his exhausting and isolating life that he doesn't seem very surprised when he turns into a literally inhuman creature.

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