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What does Gregor's father reveal about the family's financial status? What is Gregor's reaction when he learns the truth about their finances?

Gregor's father reveals that the family actually has enough money to survive for some time, which comes as a relief to Gregor, who is now absolved of his financial responsibilities. We might find Gregor's reaction surprising, as his father has essentially been hoarding Gregor's hard-earned money.

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The financial situation of Gregor's family is a significant aspect of this text, underlying the themes and plot of the story. Until his transformation, Gregor was the sole earner in his household and believed that the money he earned was used toward essential costs such as housing and food. We are also told that Gregor absolutely hated his job and suffered in this position for the sole purpose of helping his family.

Later in the story, Gregor overhears his family talking about finances, and it is revealed that the family actually has enough money despite Gregor's unemployment. This is because Gregor's father had been saving up some of Gregor's earnings from the past few years. We might think that Gregor would be angry at his father's deceitful actions; however, he instead seems relieved. We get the impression that he is so tired and deflated from the events that have transpired that he has simply given up. He doesn't waste his energy on anger but instead is grateful for the fact he...

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Gregor's father reveals that the family actually has enough money to live comfortably for quite a while. The fact that this money had not been mentioned before tells us that Gregor had no knowledge of it. When Gregor hears his father discussing this with the rest of the family, he is actually quite relieved to know that they have money with which to survive. His reaction fits the complacency with which he has come to live his life. He harbors no anger at his father; anger might have made sense, though, since Gregor had been working to pay off his father's debt.