Generosity In Kafka's The Metamorphosis

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The mother catches sight of Gregor and faints. Grete shakes her fist and scolds Gregor, who uses his name for the first time in months. She shuts out Gregor, who gets stuck in the hall, while she takes care of her mother. Grete is running out of patience for Gregor. She reacts with anger at him and shuts him out into the hall, where he will be at the mercy of his father.
Gregor’s act of defiance in his attempt to save his representation of the possibility of meaningful relationships also causes a physical encounter by his father. He comes home from work to notice the women upset and that Gregor’s the cause. He tells Grete that he warned her that this was going to happen. The father did not have any hope for Gregor, but condemned him the moment
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It has become an obvious chore for his sister who no longer remembers human Gregor. The family no longer wishes to care for him. They hired a charwomen to do the interaction with Gregor for them. This goes to extremes when the family come to realize that Gregor is not going to transform back into human form; they start to contemplate killing him. Rhodes, author of “The Limits of Generosity: Lessons on Ethics, Economy, and Reciprocity in Kafka’s The Metamorphosis” states that the reason why Grete’s kindness and generosity is become impossible for her to achieve because her to, Gregor no longer has the voice or appearance of a human. It makes it difficult for the members to acknowledge that he still has his humanity. Gregor’s lack of human body makes him useless to the family, and therefor unworthy of their reciprocity and …show more content…
Ramin Jahanbegloo, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science quotes that “What ultimately kills Gregor Samsa is not the physical experience of becoming an insect; it is people 's cruelty to him as a result.” Feeling freed from the insect and apartment, Gregor’s father kicks out the lodgers and decides that they should take a day off and go the park. They talked to each other about future prospects and their improvements, especially the change of their new dwelling. While talking about new changes, “it struck Mr. and Mrs. Samsa almost at the same moment how their daughter, who was getting more animated all the time, had blossomed…into a beautiful and voluptuous young woman” (Kafka 96). They looked at each other and understood each other’s glances. They thought it was time to pick out a husband for Grete. Now that Gregor and the lodgers are out of their life, The Samsas believe it is time to marry off the youngest daughter. They need a new source of income. If they can marry her off to someone who is higher class, they can quit working again and have the new married couple to support them. They still have one child left to

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