In The Metamorphosis, why does Gregor not question his transformation?

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lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

That is one of the great unanswerable questions about this text.  It would certainly seem that any normal, sane person would question how and why he or she had changed into a bug overnight, but Gregor never asks.  This fact then becomes a thematic consideration of the story.  Some might suggest that Gregor is relieved to have turned into a bug because now he doesn't have to go off to work for the terrible company anymore.  He is a completely legitimate excuse not to go.  Perhaps Gregor knows that the transformation is "supernatural" and that there is no logic to it, and therefore he doesn't waste his time asking questions he knows he won't get answer to.  He doesn't want to live with the frustration.  It is an obvious choice on Kafka's part to not have Gregor question the change, so the reader must ask themselves, what is gained from this?  What does this reveal about Gregor?  How does this affect the reader's undertanding of his character?  Does it make him more or less sympathetic?  Why does that matter? What is the purpose of this frustration?  No one reads this story without asking this very question.

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