In The Metamorphosis they use a bug in their story, it is clearly stated as “monstrous verminous bug” (Kafka). They describe Gregor as this terrible and disgusting bug, treated as a worthless person soon after losing his job by his own family. When this happens, Gregor’s family want to remove him in the house hold, Grete is the one to convince the family that they should get rid of Gregor. For example, “we must try to get rid of it” (Kafka). Grete referees Gregor as “it” and not by her brother anymore.
Overalll, the Cyclopes were an unconventional race in mythical legends. The Cyclopes had an intriguing origin. They were the eldest sons of Mother Earth, Gaia, and Father Heaven, Uranus (Evslin 1). While the Cyclopes were still in the womb of Gaia, Uranus got jealous of the babies. He sent a bat to eat one eye out of each baby to make them hideous and thus make everybody hate them (Evslin).
This is demonstrated through Gregor’s interactions with his family and coworkers. Gregor worked very hard to keep his family afloat and dig his father out of debt. All profits he made went to his family, he did not spend any of it leisurely. At Gregor’s unrewarding job, he was abused by his boss. Although Gregor despised his job as a salesman he never quit.
Despite the fact that he did eventually escape his father?s wrath, the struggle with his father?s aggressive behavior and lack of love resulted in a coldness that resided in Troy?s heart toward life and love. His father did not care about his children; children were there to work for the food that he ate first. Troy describes his feelings toward his father by saying, ?Sometimes I wish I hadn?t known my daddy. He ain?t cared nothing about no kids. A kid to him wasn?t nothing.
“The Metamorphosis” is a surreal novella by Franz Kafka surrounding the transformation and betrayal of Gregor Samsa, who wakes up one day, reborn into a large insect. Along with the bizarre and nightmarish appearance of his new hard back, brown segmented belly, and many legs, Gregor’s only desire is to live a normal life; unfortunately, this is impossible because he struggles to even get out of bed. Gregor’s transformation into an insect is a vivid metaphor for the alienation of humans from around the world. After losing his human form, Gregor is automatically deprived of the right to be a part of society. Franz Kafka could relate to Gregor because he too was mistreated and neglected by his father and worked a job that he was unhappy doing.
Strained, overworked and mistreated was all Gregor has known. His family needs him so they can live comfortably with as little effort as possible. There are no strong family bonds or relationships because there is no love and respect within the family. Gregor provides and makes a comfortable life for his able bodied family with little regard to his own well being. However, he gains no respect and continually puts up with the family de-humanizing him.
Squire Cass also doesn't influence them in a positive manner. He doesn't spend any quality time with his children and bond. He spoils his children by indulging them with money, goods and services, but he doesn't give any love. He lacks interest in his sons and his other children. He worries a lot about his status, reputation and the name of his family.
The main character of Franz Kafka’s, The Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa, looks towards the philosophy of existentialism when he finds himself turned into a giant insect one morning. Ultimately this attitude becomes a way of survival in his torturous life. Gregor’s transformation and existentialist outlook shows parallels to the author, Franz Kafka’s, own life. Born in the nineteenth century, Kafka was a very intelligent young boy. However, he spent most of his life shying away and feeling demoralized by his overbearing father (Loveday).
“What has happened to me? he thought.”(Kafka, 495) This quote is from the narrator in Kafka’s tale; The Metamorphosis, when Gregor Samsa wakes up and finds himself turned into a giant insect, and it was apparently not a dream. Gregor was a traveling salesman, he hated his job, but he was forced to stay in that business in order to pay his father’s debts to his boss, and maintain a comfortable lifestyle to his family. Kafka presents the metamorphosis event in an interesting way, when it seemed that Gregor was not shocked by the transformation, causing a little mystery, especially that Kafka did not provide any events prior to the metamorphosis scene. Several themes emerge in the story; however they all contribute to the main theme of alienation.
His sad brown eyes were filled with salty tears while listening to his father and stepmother fight in the kitchen. His stepmother was very contemptible. His father wasn't. He was a good man, very benign, but Jonathan didn't realize that when he was a child. He resented his father for always being away from home, on the road touring, but he didn't know at the age of 3 what it meant by having to support your family in any way you can.