Symbols In The Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka

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' 'One morning, When Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin ' '(9). This is the famous opening in Franz Kafka 's classic short novel The Metamorphosis. The main character, Gregor Samsa, is the eldest son of the family, and is currently the only income provider for the Samsa’s. They have accumulated a large amount of debt, so Gregor Samsa was the one paying of the depth. Gregor Samsa’s transformation into a vermin is viewed as profoundly symbolic because his family tried to accommodate to his needs, but later their sympathy towards Gregor slowly disappeared until Gregor felt alienated from his family. The Metamorphosis is filled with symbolic meanings that play a major role in …show more content…
This photograph is symbolic to Gregor because it symbolizes wealth and success. The furs are what symbolize wealth, but in his vermin mindset this is what makes it more appealing to Gregor because it makes the photograph more animalistic to him. His job as a travelling salesman has no stable connections with anyone because “ he can never get to know them better, or become friendly with them” (7) therefore the women in furs represent the desire for a female companion. The frame itself is also symbolic because Gregor handcrafted it before his transformation. This frame also represents his desire for the women in furs. Grete and Ms. Samsa wanted to clear out Gregor’s room, so he can have more space. However, Gregor noticed that they wanted to take the photograph away, but he managed to hold on to the photograph with all his might. This shows how Gregor did not want his family to take the last part of his humanity away because it would make him feel more like a bug. Gregor felt enraged that his family wanted to take the photograph that he had a connection to besides his sister Grete. Overall, his emotions towards the photograph show how Gregor is unwilling to let go of his wealth and success just because he turned into a

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