What is Gregor's goal in life?
Gregor's goal is to finish paying off his parents' debt so that he can take charge of his own miserable life and try to find a way to be happy. He considers the other traveling salesmen who are, for some reason, able to enjoy a hearty breakfast when he's expected to be working all the time. He thinks that he'd love to sit and eat such a breakfast right in front of his boss. Gregor promises himself, "once I've got the money together to pay off my parents' debt to [my boss] -- another five or six years I suppose -- that's definitely what I'll do. That's when I'll make the big change.'" He vows to walk up to his boss and quit on the spot. He wants to take control of his life because, as it is now, he has no time for fun or relationships or anything that really seems to make life worth living. Even the picture he has framed in his bedroom is one of a beautiful woman that he cut out of a magazine. Gregor's goal, then, is to get a life, something he expects to do once he's paid off his folks' debt.