At first the concern that the family shows seems genuine, especially for the sister Grete who shows the greatest sympathy for Gregor and takes it upon herself to be his caretaker. His mother and father seem utterly in despair by Gregors transformation and feel that it is a great encumbrance on them since he is the sole breadwinner. Gregor was made to believe that his family is incapable of working and that they were counting on him for support. Gregor in his new cockroach body is unable to communicate with his family, however he is able to hear and understand them. As it turns out his family has been deceiving him; his father has saved up some money unbeknownst to Gregor and his father soon acquires a job as a security guard.
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.
Whenever Franz Kafka attempted to explain to his father that he longed to be a writer not a shop owner, his father got very upset. Franz was exposed to abuse and frequent yelling by his father because of his disapproval of Kafka’s love of writing. In The Metamorphosis Mr.Samsa d... ... middle of paper ... ...ause of Gregor’s relationship with his father and his abusive nature towards Gregor. When the Metamorphosis was first written Kafka live in a discriminatory society where people were forced to work due to economic demands. The author felt forced to work for an insurance company he despised because it took away time from his writings.
She took care of him and fed him when no one else seemed to care. After seeing her “changed'; brother for the first time and being frightened by his appearance, “she lost control of herself and slammed the door shut again';. Grete still cared for her brother even though he had changed. Grete feeling sorry for Gregor, brought him an assortment of foods, to find out which ones he liked. She also wanted to help him out by removing the furniture from his bedroom so he could have more room to crawl around.
Though she has trouble adjusting, she doesn’t stop loving her only son. As Gregor’s mother and sister begin to move furniture out of his room, his mother stops to contemplate whether this is the right course of action. As Sheldon Goldfarb states in his critical essay, “When his mother and sister start removing his furniture, his mother's second thoughts provoke him to resist: he does not want to give up his human past and the possibility of returning to it” (Goldfarb). On the outside, Gregor’s mother reacts with repulsion at the sight of the bug, but on the inside still cares deeply about her son underneath. Gregor is able to see this and it gives him new hope.
Gregor experiences a big dilemma about his humanity because he can’t seem to accept the fact that he turned into a bug. Gregor can see that he now acts like a bug, but doesn’t want to give up human thought. The suffering that Gregor goes through ends up causing his death and he is just swept out into the trash. The family realizes that because Gregor cannot work, he has become more of a burden than a member of the family. When Gregor chased away the boarders, that was the final straw for the family because they felt like Gregor would never do something like that: “You have to try to let go of the notion that this thing is Gregor.
His mother even remarks that “isn’t it a fact that by removing the furniture we’re showing that we’re giving up all hope of an improvement?” (Kafka 53). Even after acknowledging that taking his furniture would show Gregor that his family had lost hope, they still proceed. The Samsa family has shown that they have lost faith in Gregor, and would therefore neglect him. First, Gregor’s job is taken away, then his furniture which contains all the memories associated with being a human, which further dehumanizes and alienates Gregor. His belongings being taken away from him is “to declare symbolically that Gregor is no longer human and will never be human again” (“Metamorphosis”).
Although Gregor is the family member that turns into a bug, he remains the only one of them to retain humanity. The family cannot grasp that the bug in the bedroom is Gregor, their son and brother. They disconnect themselves from him, forgetting that they have known him his entire life, and once perhaps loved him. After his metamorphosis, Gregor became the member of the family in need, yet instead of helping him, as he helped them, Gregor became a burden to the family. The family, especially the father and mother do not make an attempt... ... middle of paper ... ...top loving him.
But he said to himself, " Besides, I have to provide for my parents and my sister. (pp. 82-83)." He felt that his family was too dependent of him. When Gregor wouldnt let anyone in his room in fear that they would be horrified by his condition, he thought that his family was harassing him because he was in danger of losing his job, and because the chief would begin harassing his parents again for the old debts" (p. 76).
To me this is way he transforms, because he is so pressured he fears it so much that it’s almost like he willed it to happen. I feel this could have all been avoided. I feel that Gregor should have left his family and started his own life and paid for his own bills. His family did not appreciate him and all that he provided for them so there was no need to put himself under that kind of pressure. I felt The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka, proved to be an excellent science fiction writer through the use of details.