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The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis brings out the interior life of Gregor Samsa. For some time, he has felt like nothing more than an insect, a creature toiling away at a dehumanizing job he hates. Gregor is a...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2021 3:06 am UTC

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Gregor Samsa is transformed into a giant insect because he has already transformed, mentally and emotionally, into such an insect. Gregor works as a traveling salesman, and it seems that work is...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2021 1:13 pm UTC

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Gregor has essentially been exploited by his family for a long time. The narrator reveals that his father accrued some significant debts through bad decision-making, which Gregor has been working...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2021 12:03 pm UTC

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All of the family members in Kafka's The Metamorphosis receive quite a shock upon seeing Gregor's transformation. Their reactions to him and how they choose to deal with the situation all betray...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2019 5:36 pm UTC

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Mr. Samsa's actions show us that he no longer regards Gregor as his son. All he sees before him is a giant insect creature that creeps him out whenever he lays eyes on him. To Mr. Samsa, Gregor is...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2020 6:35 am UTC

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After Gregor dies in pain and completely isolated, his family does not mourn his passing. In fact, they do the opposite: they experience immense relief, as though a burden has been lifted from...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2021 4:08 pm UTC

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At the start of part 2, Gregor overhears his family talking when his father makes the surprising disclosure that some interest has accrued over the past five years on savings put aside from his...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2021 12:01 am UTC

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As the story opens, we find out that Gregor intensely dislikes his job. We know this because of the long interior monologue he delivers. He goes over all that he hates about his job as he as first...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2020 5:07 pm UTC

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In The Metamorphosis, Kafka's symbolism is open to a very wide variety of interpretations. Here are four possible examples, but remember—this is not an exhaustive list! If the story is interpreted...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2020 5:35 am UTC

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The Samsa family in The Metamorphosis by Franza Kafka, seems to respond to Gregor's death as with relief, and … hope. The mother and daughter hug one another. The father demands some attention,...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2011 2:44 pm UTC

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There is nothing in the story to support the idea that Gregor is imagining or hallucinating his transformation and much that makes it clear that Gregor's transformation is to be accepted as an...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2010 1:00 pm UTC

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The conflict within The Metamorphosis is Gregor versus circumstance. He is turned into a gigantic insect, unable to reverse the process as he slowly loses his humanity and will to live. A secondary...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2019 1:04 am UTC

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Gregor dies slowly through the abuse and neglect of his family, who no longer have any use for him once he turns into an insect and can no longer work. His father injures him badly by throwing an...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2020 12:39 pm UTC

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While Gregor's family never cares for him, they at least treat him like a human before his change; after his change, they're increasingly cruel and distant. Gregor's family puts up with him before...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2019 11:41 pm UTC

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Everyone in the family undergoes some form of transformation by the end of the story. Gregor changes the most physically, and even by the end he seems to resent his family less and wills himself to...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2009 5:07 am UTC

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There is a pervasive sense of black humour that runs throughout this brilliant short story that says so much about the alienation facing the common man in life. First of all, let us remember the...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2011 6:42 pm UTC

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Gregor is rather placid when he firsts awakes to learn he has turned into an insect. Instead of screaming in horror or despairing, he tries to go back to sleep. He is unable to do so because he...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2020 11:48 am UTC

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Gregor had a miserable life at work and at home before his metamorphosis into an insect. At work, although he dislikes his job, he has never taken a sick day in five years. He is afraid to take one...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2020 1:14 am UTC

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Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning to gradually realize he has turned into a giant insect. He has six little legs that wave around in the air and an armored back. Since he is lying on his back, if...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2020 11:42 am UTC

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The opening of Kafka's The Metamorphosis is dramatic and memorable, but its ending is much more low-key. Given the way in which the Samsas quickly lose sympathy for Gregor and come to regard him as...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2020 11:53 am UTC

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As gpane's very clear and thorough answer shows, Gregor brings in the only income in the single-income family, supporting his mother, father and sister. The pressure on him suggests the family's...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2015 3:30 pm UTC

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Gregor's death, which is effectively suicide, is indeed a sacrifice, and that's how Gregor sees it himself. He knows that, so long as he remains a giant bug, he will always be a burden to his...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2019 5:29 am UTC

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The chief positive aspect of Gregor's metamorphosis into an insect is no longer having to work in a job he detests. Gregor deeply hates and resents his job as a traveling salesman, which he keeps...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2020 3:12 pm UTC

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Unfortunately your original posting contained two questions; the other was a little more vague, so I kept this one. Please post the other question again when you have the opportunity, and I am...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2013 11:45 pm UTC

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Grete's quote and the feelings behind it seem especially harsh in light of what you already observed -- she was his primary caretaker for the majority of the story, but she sees how Gregor's...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2011 12:43 pm UTC

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It seems that whether Gregor awoke in his insect form or in his human form, his concerns would be very much the same. Despite waking up to discover he had turned into an insect, Gregor immediately...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2013 5:10 pm UTC

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Kafka uses surrealism to make certain truths about his characters more striking and disturbing to the reader. "The Metamorphosis" involves a man who is valued only as a worker. He provides for his...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2020 3:49 pm UTC

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The moral of The Metamorphosis is that being made to bear an outsize burden of obligation lead to alienation and dehumanization. Gregor Samsa is a traveling salesman who works to support his...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2020 1:19 pm UTC

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Early on, the narrator describes Gregor's feelings that his life is not very fulfilling. He has no time to establish or develop any meaningful relationships—not even time enough to eat satisfying...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2019 12:25 am UTC

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Gregor has a complex set of emotions towards his family. His feelings towards them, however, change far less than their feelings toward him. Throughout the story, Gregor has a great sense of duty...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2020 12:11 pm UTC

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There is descriptive imagery throughout The Metamorphosis. The novel is written in a very realistic style, almost deliberately disgusting with its descriptions of the giant insect, the house, and...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2012 11:55 pm UTC

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Gregor is not happy with his life as a working man or as a bug. Upon waking up in bug form, Gregor looks out his window: Gregor’s glance then turned to the window. The dreary weather (the rain...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2020 10:11 pm UTC

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The best word to describe Gregor’s father’s reaction in this moment is hostility. When Gregor’s manager arrives, the entire family is trying to placate him and help Gregor retain his job. His...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2019 3:20 pm UTC

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Gregor Samsa works at a job he despises to support his family and he feels they do not appreciate this sacrifice. In fact, he feels it is his duty to support them and there is some honor in that,...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2011 10:08 am UTC

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The introduction of the three nameless boarders emphasizes how poorly Gregor is treated by his family. Prior to his transformation into an insect, Gregor lives an isolated life. He works long hours...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2020 6:48 am UTC

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The narrator describes Mrs. Samsa's response to seeing her son, after his metamorphosis: His mother——in spite of the manager's presence she stood with her hair still unbraided from the night,...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2018 9:56 pm UTC

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Fairly early in the story, Gregor manages to get himself out of bed after the attorney comes from his office to inquire after him. Up to this point in the story, Gregor has repeatedly railed...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2015 2:20 pm UTC

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Depending on the edition of "The Metamorphosis" that you have, the page in which Gregor Samsa's father throws an apple at him will vary. Since "The Metamorphosis" is a canonical and widely-studied...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2018 4:19 pm UTC

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The Metamorphosis

In Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, the protagonist of the story, Gregor, undergoes "metamorphosis", and becomes a bug. But unlike this physical transformation, his mental condition doesn’t change...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2013 7:09 am UTC

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I agree that that Gregor was like a "bug" before his metamorphosis. As a salesman, he was simply a cog in a larger bureaucratic machine, similar to being a part of an insect colony, with all or...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2018 10:43 am UTC

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This novella is, in many ways, a critique of capitalism and the effects of capitalism on the worker. Gregor is, obviously, incredibly unhappy in his job, and his hard work is really taken for...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2019 12:41 pm UTC

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At the beginning of Kafka's The Metamorphosis, Gregor wakes up and realizes that he has failed to hear the alarm, and so he is late. He must get up and go to work, for his family depends on him for...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2016 1:16 am UTC

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Gregor has turned into a beetle or cockroach, so his tastes change to prefer insect food such as garbage. This helps symbolize and portray Gregor's dehumanization. Of course, Gregor has been...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2019 2:48 pm UTC

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In Part 3, Gregor hears his sister, Grete, playing the violin for the three gentlemen boarders, and he "dare(s) to come forward a little" to hear it. He is described as captivated by the music,...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2019 5:34 pm UTC

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Gregor lives a bug’s life well before his actual transformation. As a traveling salesman, he does not put down roots; as a devoted son, he does not live his own life. Gregor is driven to work...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2019 2:22 pm UTC

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As The Metamorphosis abruptly begins with Gregor’s transformation, it is a bit difficult to discern exactly what his relationship with his mother was like prior to the transformation. We know that...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2016 7:54 pm UTC

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Mr. Samsa, Gregor's father, is completely repulsed by Gregor's transformation. He, in spirit, has already disowned Gregor. The apple-throwing incident, in which an apple Mr. Samsa throws becomes...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2019 11:19 am UTC

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In the story “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka, Gregor’s transformation greatly impacts his family’s financial situation. Consequently, they desire to move to a smaller apartment for affordability...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2016 8:51 pm UTC

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"Oh, God", he thought, "what a strenuous career it is that I've chosen! Travelling day in and day out. Doing business like this takes much more effort than doing your own business at home, and on...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2020 5:05 pm UTC

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In the second chapter, Gregor learns that "in spite of all their misfortunes a bit of capital, a very little bit, certainly was still intact from the old days, which in the meantime had increased a...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2018 12:53 am UTC

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