The Selfish Butterfly By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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The Selfish Butterfly

Imagine being accustomed on the dependance of others, and unexpectedly having all of that stability taken away. Grete Samsa lives in a poor family but luckily was able to depend on her older brother Gregor, who gave up his dreams in order to provide for his family. In the novel The Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning finding himself transformed into a monstrous vermin. He could not leave his room in this gruesome state, and therefore could no longer go to work. What Grete feared the most was losing her provider and no longer having the security and dependence on someone else. Gregor knows Grete loves him and wondered “why didn 't [she] go in… because he was in danger of losing his job?” (10). Gregor heard Grete crying, leaving him feel even more useless. She cannot accept the fact that Gregor is incapable of being her supporter anymore, and his metamorphosis forces Grete to undergo her own more drastic change. She realizes that she needs to care for Gregor, and take matters into her own hands. Grete’s connection to her brother is his only link to humanity. She becomes his main caretaker, forcing her suddenly into adulthood. She brings him food, and comes up with the idea to rearrange his room to allow him to live more comfortably, and cleans up after him. Although Gregor physically transformed into an insect, Grete’s metamorphosis is much more prominent because she transforms from little girl who dedicates her time to caring for her…

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