Why did Gregor's father throw apples?

In The Metamorphosis, Gregor's father throws apples at Gregor because Gregor left his room. He does it to discipline Gregor and teach him not to throw the household into an uproar by going into other rooms.

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While Gregor's father is at work at his job at the bank, Gregor, now an insect, follows his sister, Grete, into the dining room, which frightens and upsets her. Gregor realizes that he is causing a commotion and that his intentions have been misunderstood as hostile. He has no way...

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While Gregor's father is at work at his job at the bank, Gregor, now an insect, follows his sister, Grete, into the dining room, which frightens and upsets her. Gregor realizes that he is causing a commotion and that his intentions have been misunderstood as hostile. He has no way of communicating to Grete that he means no harm, so he retreats back to his room, trying to show that he is not aggressive.

When his father returns from work, he finds the household in an uproar over Gregor. Ever since Gregor turned into an insect, the disciplinarian father has decided that his adult son needs to be controlled with a firm hand. He feels that the women do not do this correctly. Therefore, without thinking much about what he is doing, he fills his pockets with apples from the dining room and starts flinging them hard at Gregor to teach him a lesson not to leave his room.

One of the apples gets stuck in Gregor's back in a very painful way. Meanwhile, his mother and sister scream at the father and try to pull him away, fearing that he will kill Gregor.

Gregor is badly injured, but everyone is afraid to pull the apple out. Even his father feels some remorse, as he recognizes that although Gregor is an insect, he is still a family member.

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