Is Gregor more human or bug?

When The Metamorphosis begins, Gregor is certainly more human than he is bug. He wants to continue to work to support his family, and he cannot control his body well at all. However, as the story progresses, he seems to become less human. His deep love for his family remains, but everything else about his humanness begins to disappear.

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Initially, Gregor seems to be more human than bug, but the ratio of human to bug seems to change throughout the course of the story until he begins to seem at least as much bug as human. When he first wakes up and notices that he is an insect, he...

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Initially, Gregor seems to be more human than bug, but the ratio of human to bug seems to change throughout the course of the story until he begins to seem at least as much bug as human. When he first wakes up and notices that he is an insect, he still thinks quite a bit about his job, and he eventually rouses himself enough to want to go to work. He tries to assure the manager, who comes to check on him, that he is dedicated to his work and that he will continue to work hard. He also does not know how to work his new body right away, and he can even be understood when he speaks at first, though this changes quickly.

Soon, Gregor learns about his new body, though it seems that instinct begins to affect his behaviors somewhat. In the kitchen, when the commotion of the morning knocks over the coffee decanter, sending the liquid pouring to the floor, "he couldn't stop himself snapping his jaws in the air a few times." Further, he no longer enjoys what used to be his favorite foods and would prefer to eat things he would have declared to be inedible before his change. He also begins to prefer to sleep under the couch rather than in his own bed.

Moreover, Gregor comes to be able to "naturally control" his body so that he does not become injured so easily. He also begins to feel that this time as an insect "must have confused his understanding." He even considers attacking the cleaning woman that his family hires to handle his room, and he basically stops eating. Gregor still, even just before death, "remember[s] his family with deep feeling and love," but aside from this feeling, most of the traces of his humanness seem to be gone.

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