Gregor Samsa In The Metamorphosis

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Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis is a novella that takes place in the 1900s. The Metamorphosis is a story about a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa ,that finds himself transformed into a vermin. It is a commentary on the fragile nature of human life and the stained relationships we have with family and friends. Kafka’s novella deals with Gregor’s attempts to get used to his new condition and body as he deals with trouble with his family that are very angry with the bug/ insect Gregor has become. An analysis of Gregor Samsa in The Metamorphosis will show his quest for his search of identity through his death. Gregor’s metamorphosis happened as a result of all the pressure that his family puts on him. Since his father’s business had failed, Gregor was “assigned” the role to be the provider of the family and that meant taking on a job that he disliked. He hates the traveling ,the worrying and stress that are involved .His chief is overly dictatorial and he would of quit a very long time ago if he didn’t have to pay off his family’s debt off to the chief. In the course of a man’s roles in the 19th century , Gregor is obligated to be the provider and “money maker” for his family. Men have always been the providers and made sure that their family has everything they need. Gregor works very hard for his family and receives no acknowledgment for his efforts. All he really wants is to be appreciated and to be loved by his family, but he is seen as just a commodity for the family. Gregors perception of himself and the world starts to change. He is dealing with tuberculosis1 and is getting sicker by the day. 1. Tuberculosis : an infectious disease that causes small rounded swellings to form on mucus membranes- it mainly affects the lun... ... middle of paper ... ...n them. Being unable to provide for his family or even find comfort/love in them, Gregor dies alone, secluded from humanity. Franz Kafka’s, The Metamorphosis is a novella that questions humanity’s humanity.(He questioned the things that make us human.) He believes that all the traditional values like reason, order, religion, obedience were being questioned. 2. Dehumanization : to take away somebody’s individuality, the interesting/ creative aspects of his/her compassion or sensitivity towards others; to take away qualities of something or features to make it meet human needs and desires. His life experiences influenced the novella. Kafka himself had a strained relationship with his father and had trouble relating to other. He relives his life by telling the story of Gregor Samsa and his hardships while dealing with his physical transformation.
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