Identify one main complication for each section of "The Metamorphosis" that contributes to the rising action of the story as a whole.

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In Part I, Gregor wakes as an insect and is unable to move freely.  He worries mainly that he has overslept and will be late for work since he is the sole source of income for his family. He has long been unsatisfied with his job and the feeling that he is underappreciated by his family whose debts he is working to pay.  This contributes to the rising action as his inability to work pushes his family into supporting themselves.

In Part II, his sister alone cares for him.  She decides that by removing the furniture, he will have more room to move about.  Gregor also thinks this is a great idea until he realizes they are giving up hope that he will return to human form.  At this point, he rebels and particularly hangs onto the picture of the lady in furs as a connection to his humanity.  This contributes to the rising action since his family is also becoming less human in their treatment of Gregor.

In Part III, the main conflict is having Gregor around.  He leaves the room in order to better hear his sister play the violin.  As he leave, the boarders the family has taken give notice and threaten to sue for damages.  The family agrees that Gregor needs to leave, and he dies that night of neglect.  The stroy ends revealing that the family is supporting itself, the sister is blossoming into a marriagable young woman, Mr. Samsa assumes the role that Gregor once held--family leader and bread winner.




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