The development of Gregor's feelings in the story is essentially the development of his attempts to adjust to his new life, and the dawning realization that he cannot reconcile his humanity with his new form. At the beginning of "The Metamorphosis," Gregor assumes he can continue to work and provide for his family despite his physical transformation. As the story progresses, he realizes this is an impossibility and his goal turns to reconciling his future with a human brain and insect body. Rather than a return to normalcy, Gregor begins to focus on finding comfort in his new body: he spends time hiding under his sofa, crawling on the walls, and hanging from the ceiling, all while maintaining his human thoughts and emotions. Later, he begins realizing adaptation is impossible and feels himself losing his attachment to humanity, as his family clears the furniture out of his room and makes it apparent that his presence is a burden to them. Gregor's conclusion is that his family would be happier without him, and he dies as a means of providing for his family.