##s Of Inequality In The Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka

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The conflict between the rights of men and women equality has always existed, yet people, too attentive to the views of a patriarchal society, often overlook the effects of inequality. For many centuries, in most societies, there has always been “defined roles” when it comes to men and women. The man is supposed to provide for the family and the woman maintains the household. These extremes produce boundaries that hinder both genders from attaining an optimal potential. Franz Kafka, born in the 1880’s, a time when gender roles were socially important, wrote a story that makes readers analyze his thoughts on male and female equality from a distinct perspective. In “The Metamorphosis”, Kafka uses the initial transformation of Gregor to showcase Grete, Gregor’s sister, own metamorphosis to reveal the boundaries that limit growth and acceptance in societies with specific gender roles. Through a feminist point of view the representation of Grete before and after Gregor’s metamorphosis, suggests that the equality of genders is important and valued by Kafka. In “The Metamorphosis” Kafka uses Grete has an example of the concerns of unequal gender roles. With his use of demeaning diction, in the beginning, Kafka portrays Grete using inferior and underlying terms, which implies that her life as a female falls below Gregor’s stature as a male. He uses the words “pretty,” “modest,” and “child,” when describing Grete, suggesting that Gregor’s position as the family’s provider, limits Grete’s chance to mature and grow (a91). Gregor’s metamorphosis into vermin compels Grete to make up for his financial deficiency, forces her out of her “generic” gender role by obtaining a job and still accomplish house chores. Grete lets go of her “modest”, rel... ... middle of paper ... ...f feminism, it is evident that Kafka, hoping that the readers will take note of the absurdity of the false interpretations of women, was depicting the struggles of women 1880-1920 in “The Metamorphosis” specifically with the transformation of Grete. She went from a submissive, young teenager not thinking for herself to a strong independent leader of her household, later to only being valued as important as a wife because of her beauty. The unforeseen ending of marrying off Grete is very problematic to not question and does seem to come out of nowhere but that’s not the case. The ending shows that once women gain power, self-love, and confidence that they will continually be brought back down to being valued only as “domestic women” and all their accomplishments would be dimmed due to the patriarchal society unwillingness to accept them beyond their relevance to men.

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