This shows that Mr. Samsa treats Gregor brutally, and rather than understanding him, he intends on pushing Gregor to the limit. Also, he resembles an ill-tempered human as numerous things bother him. Similarly, within Kafka’s life he underwent abuse and regularly got yelled at as a young boy and viewed as a sinking ship (Stephens). In addition, his father set certain expectations for Kafka which he desired him to fulfill. Gregor represents the only source of income in the family.
Gregor no longer fits into their plans, so they treated him with as much disdain as possible. Kafka presents this through symbolic meaning, personal reflections, role reversals within the family, and Gregor’s maintaining of the guardian position in the family. Gregor continues to try to involve himself in his family’s affairs, but is unsuccessful. His physical ailments symbolize the problems in his life and relationships with his family. His relationships suffer mainly due to the change in family dynamic and responsibility.
Gregor’s Guilt Guilt can kill even the strongest people. In the book Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, Gregor Samsa chose to isolate himself from society because of his busy life and job. This book is viewed off of the term existentialism in which every choice one makes will affect them in one way or another in the future. Through this job, his family, and the transformation Gregor experiences a large amount of guilt. Gregor did not like his job but due to the fact that he felt the need to support his family, Gregor continued on with his career as long as he could.
He transforms into an insect which are usually known to be walked all over and mistreated. They are at the bottom of the food chain and no one tends to care about them; this depicts Gregor’s life perfectly. Gregor’s role in the family is being the provider; he works everyday to pay off his parents’ debt. “Well, there's still hope; once I've saved enough money to pay back my parents' debts to him” (Kafkas 5) He is mistreated at home by his family members even though he is the only one supporting the family. At work he is always pushed to work more, he works long hours and barely has and free time.
And even though he is disgusted with law, he considers it righteous and honorable when he see... ... middle of paper ... ...eptance of his death, liberates him. Gregor Samsa and Ivan Ilyich cast a light on the intolerable conditions they experience, which originate from the inability to fit in and have a connection with their surroundings. The incessant search for a place of belonging by both characters stems from what society and family thinks is standard; Ilyich and Gregor think they will find belonging if they follow society’s rules. Kafka must utilize Gregor’s metamorphosis or dehumanization to separate Gregor from the rest of the world. Likewise, Tolstoy utilizes Ivan Ilyich’s torment and suffering to separate himself from society, and thereby criticizes society for imposing conventional rules.
However, he spent most of his life shying away and feeling demoralized by his overbearing father (Loveday). Kafka openly and straightforwardly reflects upon countless amounts of negative aspects of his personal life, both physical and mental. The relationship between Gregor Samsa and his father is in several ... ... middle of paper ... ...entialism was a necessary response to the grim life for Gregor, as opposed to a chosen philosophy. Had both Kafka and Samsa followed any ideal other than existentialism, their lives would not have been the same. They may have been negatively affected by their circumstances.
In George’s act of killing Lennie, his only friend, he actually ensures his own continued loneliness. Lennie is regularly off in his own dream world and is continually lost in his thoughts with dreams of the farm which he and George someday hope to buy. As a result, Lennie is unab... ... middle of paper ... ... what he has to do. Of Mice and Men is a powerful work and one that really kept me thinking throughout. Many of us take advantage of the fact that we have a support system in our lives of friends and family, but many of the characters in this book did not have these things, they suffered under the weight of their own loneliness.
As the main character transforms from a human being into a dung beetle or "vermin," it brings forth the question of physical versus emotional transformation. Although Gregor's metamorphosis helps him discover his status in the household, it disconnects his family from his support. On the other hand, the anti-hero in The Stranger, Meursault, lives his life "indifferent to human affairs" and his actions possess no rational order. His actions are strange to his society, a world that demands reason behind the behavior and motive behind the act. Gregor does not like his job, his life or the way people treat him, yet he endures the daily unpleasantness because filial piety requires him to play his role.
This really dehumanizes Gregor as a character. Both Kafka and Tonkin suggest the gradual change in the family’s perspective towards Gregor and how they eventually don’t even see him as a human being anymore. It is rather inhumane to say “get rid of it”. By spending more time in isolation, Gregor is losing communication with his family, and, in turn, causes his family to view him as a creature and a pest to get rid of, rather than their child or brother. This signals
While his metamorphosis does allow him to free himself from some of the suffering, it traps him in a new cycle, trapped by his families obligation to help him. Throughout his life, Gregor is plagued by a cycle of suffering caused by his families dependence on him which leads to further alienation leading to a dependence on his family's dependence. Though Gregor is broken out of this cycle in his metamorphosis he does not find true freedom until his death. Gregor, prior to his metamorphosis, is stuck in a cycle of suffering. He is a slave to his obligations and is alienated emotionally from the outside world.