The transformation is a complete embodiment of the state in which Gregor Samsa has been accustomed. Now his appearance is consistent with the life that he led, when taking care of the family completed all his interests, and he had to live like a bustling and helpless insect. Taking in his views of life from a different perspective, Gregor sees the truth that he previously could not understand because of the severe family circumstances and exhausting work. Previously, he believed that his sacrifice was not in vain. Now all the illusions crumble away after he discovers that the family can do without him (Kafka, pp.
In the novel, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka illustrates the different changes that Gregor Samsa is subjected to. The young man undergoes a dehumanized transformation. Kafka portrays Gregor as a dual being, both human, and insect. Gregor then figures out the way his new body functions. In the meantime, he has the thoughts and feelings of a human being.
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 lack of concern for himself in comparison to his family indicates even more similarity to insects. By nature, many insects, like worker ants, will labor until they die for the sole reason of feeding their colony, just like Gregor and his family. This likeness is illustrated in the final part of the story when the Samsas come to find Gregor intolerable. Closely following Gregor’s metamorphosis, his family holds out hope that the human Gregor may return to help support them.
109) to explaining how a reductionist approach may lead us to formulating an incomplete picture of biological processes of living organisms. Although the author may have wrote the book with this mindset, The Triple Helix reiterates that genes are not the only factor for living organisms development, but it is a extraordinary relationship of genes, organism, and environment that influence the biological processes for an organism to succeed. The first chapter of Lewontin’s argument, “Gene and Organism”, focuses on the problem of relying on genetics for all the answers to organism development. For example, the Drosophila (or fruit fly) shows a mutation on the development of its head. A normal fly has antennas, while the Drosophila replaces the antennas with “leg-like appendages” (Figure 1.2, pg.
But as he grows more into his insect body, his feelings and thoughts start to change in accordance to his physical needs.The author uses several metaphors and symbols to represent his themes an idea. The idea of Gregor growing into his insect body ties into the definition of metamorphosis: the transformation to an actual insect and the transformation of changing emotionally. Kafka was conscious of his decisions made throughout the book. Like why he used a beetle instead of any other insect. Humans tend to have an aversion to insects and in this case,the protagonist is shunned by his family and the rest of humankind.By illustrating Gregor in this way, the author enhances his theme of human isolation
In terms biology, a metamorphosis means “the process of transformation from an immature form to an adult form in two or more distinct stages” (Oxford dictionary). For animals, they must undergo this event in order to become physically developed and fully mature. This phenomenon that provides the animals with the ability to survive in the wilderness is also shown in The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka; a salesman named Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning and finds himself transformed into a giant insect. Throughout the book, Gregor’s metamorphosis leads to many different changes of the family as they experience their own metamorphosis and grow stronger. Although Gregor’s metamorphosis may seem as if it has caused a great deal of suffering to his family, it had provided him and his family an opportunity to pursue new lives.
Gregor soon realizes that his bug-like physique is going to prevent him from completing his daily activities; some as simple as sleeping. Gregor’s transformation into an insect is one of the most shocking metamorphosis’ experienced in the entire novella. The absurdity that a grown man can physically change into a bug overnight provides a shock factor and initiates the plot of the novella. By transforming into a bug, Gregor is the first example of a metamorphosis. As a result of Gregor’s physical metamorphosis, he also succumbs to a psychological transformation the longer he lives in his insect body.
The Dehumanization of Gregor in The Metamorphosis In the novella The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka, the main character Gregor undergoes a physical transformation from human to bug. Despite this change in appearance, he maintains his human brain as insect tendencies slowly take over his day to day behavior. He maintains his thoughtless state of mind, memories, and inner dialogue during his exterior transformation. Although he maintains his mental capacities, it is his change in appearance that causes his family to turn against him and eventually kill him. These events show how people can become dehumanized by society and the government only because of a difference in behavior or appearance.
Have you ever thought about how humans are dependent creatures? Humans tend to depend to things like environment, financial situation, social status and even other humans. For example, when I moved to the United States from Liberia, Arica, I had to change in order to survive. In Frank Kafka’s Metamorphosis, the transformation of Gregor Samsa from human to bug led to the transformation of his family. Gregor was the head of his family while he was human.
This results into the evolution of a new species. Speciation must be initiated by the switch of individuals of a population to a new ecological niche. In the parasitoid wasp Lariophagus disinguendus,