Emotional And Social Changes In Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis

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Register to read the introduction… Gregor’s declining health mirrors his weakening ties to his family. His relationship with his father especially deteriorates. After his encounter with the renters, “the apple remained embedded in his flesh . . . it seemed to remind his father that Gregor was a member of the family” (Kafka 38). Not only is his strength suffering, but his father no longer sees him as the responsible, supporting son he used to be. He views him solely as the cause of the misfortune that has befallen their family. “Gregor had lost some of his mobility, probably for good” (Kafka 38). This symbolizes Gregor’s permanent disconnect with his family. They relinquish all love for him, and take care of him simply because “it was the commandment of family duty” (Kafka 38) to do so. Gregor remarks that “it takes long, long minutes to get across his room” (Kafka, 38). His slowness and stagnation parallels his life. He hardly has anything with which to entertain himself since his family refuses to have anything to do with him, thus resulting in a slow-paced, monotonous lifestyle. Just as Gregor himself eventually dies slowly, his relationship with his family suffers a slow, painful death as …show more content…
Gregor no longer fits into their plans, so they treated him with as much disdain as possible. Kafka presents this through symbolic meaning, personal reflections, role reversals within the family, and Gregor’s maintaining of the guardian position in the family. Gregor continues to try to involve himself in his family’s affairs, but is unsuccessful. His physical ailments symbolize the problems in his life and relationships with his family. His relationships suffer mainly due to the change in family dynamic and responsibility. Gregor’s death is symbolic of the end of his family’s patience in dealing with him, as well as his final understanding that the family he thought loved him, actually does

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