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.
Gregor begins to see his family in a new light, how greedy and selfish they are, along with how he was walked all over by both his family and boss, then Gregor discovers that now that he has become a burden and not a provider his family is no longer loving towards his. When Gregor first turns he is afraid to tell anyone, he spends hours just trying to get out of his bed, all the while thinking and wondering what has happen to himself. While Gregor tries to get up his family is constantly knocking and questioning his heath. However Gregor is not only concerned with his new appearance but, more so missing his train and being in trouble with his boss. Gregor his so concerned with taking care of his families dept, that when his boss arrives to find out why Gregor missed his train, he works hard trying to get out of his room to the point of injury of himself.
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.
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 expresses his commitment to pay off his family debt by saying, “Well, I haven’t quite given up hope; once I’ve got the money together to pay back what my parents owe him…” Gregor’s parents show little concern for his dreams in life. They are too wrapped up with their debts to care if their children are happy. All they want from Gregor is his ability to work and earn them money. When Gregor can no longer work, their source of income is limited and they begin to see Gregor as worthless and in the way. Mr.Samsa becomes increasingly upset over the uselessness of Gregor when he turns into a cockroach.
Gregor started feeling more isolated due to his transformation to a bug. One of the things that bothered him was his appearance. Sheldon Goldfarb agrees alongside with this by stating “Even Gregor realizes this, and tries to hide his repulsiveness from his mother and sister when they enter his room. He spends hours arranging a sheet to cover himself so they will not have to see them.” Gregor is afraid of what he has become and believes the... ... middle of paper ... ...increase her figure in the eyes of her parents. It was basically Grete who looked up to Gregor, but now it is flipped around.
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.
The antagonists in Metamorphosis are the people who rejected Gregor and forced him into isolation. Upon seeing Gregor as a bug, his boss runs away and his father locks him in his room. As time goes on Gregor's father feels less and less for his "son", he even becomes aggressive by throwing apples and wounding Gregor. However, his "devoted" sister Grete still stays true to him, feeding him and moving furniture for him. Saying that, eventually Grete transforms into a selfish and resentful young woman who states she hates the bug.
The consequent indifference, alienation, and finally hatred that he elicits from his family is the source of his demise. For without the emotional sustenance and the essential role within the family that Gregor had occupied previous to his metamorphosis, he is not able to sustain life. Even after Gregor has become an insect, his initial reaction is not one of alarm. Surprisingly, his first response is to devise some sort of plan to secure his job and hence his role in the family. The only call to urgency that interrupts his ³cool reflection² is the arrival of the chief clerk (p.73).
The communication between his family is quickly identified as meager and by talking to each other from the adjacent walls shows their disconnection with each other. Kafka introduces the family as lacking social skills in order to offer the reader to criticize and sympathize for Gregor’s family dynamics. Gregor’s manager makes an appearance quickly after experiencing the dysfunction within the fami... ... middle of paper ... ...ent with the way his life is turning. Kafka uses impractical symbolism in order to stress that Gregor being authentic as a bug still is dissatisfying as his inauthentic state as a human. The reason his family continually is discontented with Gregor is, the reason he never meets the expectations that they he should pay off the family debt and stabilize the family with his hard work; the fact that his bug form enables him to support his family they no longer deem him a burden.