Although it can be argued that supporting his family is a generous motivation, it can also be interpreted as "self-forgetting". As Gregor expresses his dislike towards his job, his reasons to stay concern his family: "…once I 've saved enough money to pay back my parents ' debts to him -- that should take another five or six years -- I 'll [leave] without fail" (90). This shows Gregor, despite being unhappy, continues to put his family above himself. Later in the story, Gregor hears his father discussing how he invested some of Gregor 's paychecks instead paying off the debt. Upon hearing this, Gregor gives little thought to how he could have had the money for himself, and instead thinks, "…it was better the way his father arranged it" (112).
Gregor’s insignificant and outcast lifestyle of supporting his family proves that “the universe is irrational, and man’s place in it is absurd.” This is proven by the fact that Gregor is working to pay off his father’s debts and provide for his family. His work is mundane, and strictly business. Yet, when the metamorphosis of Gregor takes place, his family practically shuns him from their contact. Still however, Gregor’s first thoughts after believing that he is an insect, are to get dressed and go to work. This attitude is seemingly absurd, however Gregor is so deep into trying to help his family, that he makes an attempt at ignoring the impossibility of working.
Once Gregor transformed into giant vermin he became useless to society and his family. He could no longer provide for his family, which in turn like the bourgeois, began treating him like a worthless nobody by not caring for him when he needed it the most. As per Grete “we can’t go on like this. If you can’t see it, I can. I don’t want to use the name of my brother in front of this monster, so let me just say this: we have tried as much as humanly possible to care for it and to put up with it.
Thinking back to your own childhood you would realize your parents did their best to keep you fervid and only punish if you did wrong. For Gregor he was treated the opposite , In The Metamorphosis Kafka portrays Gregors neglectful father by showing lack of love , isolation and treating Kafka as an actual bug rather than a son. If Gregor's father Mr Samsa did not neglect him Gregor would still feel like a bug because of the other things going on, such as having a stressful job, no close friends, and overall no one to vent to. Gregor is a young boy with no love in his way. From the beginning of the story Gregor woke up feeling terrible, it turned out he woke as a bug.
Samsa takes this role as a function to forbid Gregor to take any step to attempt to be human-like. Firstly, Mr. Samsa is the direct reason for Gregor’s alienation. Gregor says “[i]f I didn’t hold back for my parents’ sake, I would’ve quit ages ago” (Kafka 5). Mr. Samsa is the reason that Gregor works in order to pay off his father’s debt which is the prevailing reason for his isolation from society in the first place. Not only is it clear that Mr. Samsa’s despicable nature comes to life from placing his debt on Gregor, he also lacks gratitude for all of Gregor’s devotion to his work.
Isolation in any sense whether it be physical or mental, is taxing on an individual’s well-being. Prior to the metamorphosis Gregor led a physically isolating life with little time for anything other than superficial relationships. Hinted at the beginning of the piece he longed to break free from his traveling salesman's job and shrug off the financial burden placed on his back. The metamorphosis was equally as mentally imprisoning as to what it was physically. Gregor was unable to express his emotions or even communicate his needs to his family this ultimately led to the family’s gradual shift of resentment towards him solely because they were unable to see how much of their once family member
Any type of social contact beyond porters, waitresses or bartenders was non-existent. He had once met a "cashier in a hat shop, whom he had pursued earnestly but too slowly" (Kafka 76). There was no room in Gregor's life for people other that his family and as a result was condemned to a life without love or caring not to mention basic companionship. He worked diligently to provide for his family and that remained his only goal in life. Gregor's family relied on him to be the "breadwinner" of the family, but gave him nothing in return.
Firstly, in the novel, the Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, Gregor Samsa is a travelling salesman who hates his job but is forced to keep it in order to support his family and pay off his father’s debts. Gregor has only one sister, so their family is quite small. Immediately at the beginning of the book, Gregor is transformed into a giant insect. He never comes to terms with his metamorphosis and struggles with intense feelings of guilt as if his inability to support his family were his own fault. Though he is now free from having to go to work, Gregor is now a liability to his family who keep him locked up in his room.
He then became useless and a disappointment because his family expectations weren 't met. Gregor’s family eventually showed their true colors and changed their whole perspective about him. They became isolated among Gregor although they felt obligated to provide for him. “...His father merely stamped his feet more forcefully …his father gave him a hard shove, which was truly his salvation, and bleeding profusely, he flew far into his room” (Kafka, 31). Mr. Samsa 's behavior toward Gregor is brutal.
When Grete comes to bring food to Gregor, Gregor notices how she can not bear the sight of him and is always scared by his appearance. This causes Gregor to carry “a sheet on his back on the sofa...and arrange it there in such a way as to hid[e] him completely” (Kafka 99). Even though this course of action is taken, there’s still the choice of Grete to uncover the sheet if she wished to. However, Grete never did, which further alienates Gregor in his house. With less thought on Gregor’s past human self, all they can remember is this unclean vermin who dwells in their house.