An Analysis Of Franz Kafka 's The Metamorphosis And The Cause Of Gregor 's Death

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An Analysis of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and the Cause of Gregor’s Death Family is often viewed as important, and at times some will say—regardless of its actual meaning— “blood is thicker than water” to state their belief of putting family first; this belief can also lead to someone to do whatever they must when their family needs them. In Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, Gregor’s decision to pay his father’s debt by taking charge of his family’s finances is what ultimately leads to his death. By being the only one responsible and the only one contributing to the family’s income, Gregor loses all desires other than to pay his father’s debt. This causes Gregor to become isolated—both from society and his family—and allows a power struggle to form between Mr. Samsa and Gregor; these factors eventually affect Gregor in a way that make him lose all will to live, and lead to his suicide. When Gregor takes the role as the head of the family, he believes that he must sacrifice himself for them. In the beginning of the novella, Gregor mentions how much he detests his job and that he would have “quit long ago” (4), but he refrains from doing so because he has to pay off his parents’ debt. This is of significance because it demonstrates that Gregor believes he has a duty towards his family, paying the debt, which is more important than what he feels. Through the act of choosing duty over himself, Gregor ends up feeling tired with his life and his only concern is to “make…

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