Analysis Of Franz Kafka 's The Metamorphosis Essay

1289 Words Dec 11th, 2015 6 Pages
Though Franz Kafka’s family life is often classified as troubled, he did have good relationships with his sisters throughout his life. Parallels of his relationship with his sisters and sibling relationships in his works have sometimes been drawn in relation to his 1914 novel, The Metamorphosis. The main character, Gregor, and his sister, Grete, have the only healthy relationship in the novel. Unlike Gregor’s relationship with his parents at the beginning of the novel, which is parasitic and one-sided on his part as their reliance on him as a provider and greed for his money take over their affection for him as a person, Grete and Gregor have mutual affection; they legitimately care for each other. However, this relationship decays throughout the book as Gregor becomes completely reliant on Grete to take care of him. Through the deterioration of Gregor and Grete’s relationship, Kafka develops the idea that healthy relationships are an essential part of a meaningful life. This is shown through Kafka’s use of Grete’s name, Gregor’s protective instinct toward her and her care for him, and the correlation between her eventual neglect for him and his death.
Unlike the other relationships in the novel between Gregor and his parents, which are extremely one-sided, Gregor and Grete’s relationship is mutually affectionate. Grete’s first words of the novel stand in stark contrast to the father’s: “...and already his father was knocking on one side door, weakly but with his fist.…

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