The Transformation In The Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka

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“Transformation is a process, and as life happens there are tons of ups and downs. It’s a journey of discovery –there are moments on mountaintops and moments in deep valleys of despair.” This quote by Rick Warren, an American writer and pastor, on transformation and its process, fits into the transformation of Gregor Samsa into a horrific vermin in the novella The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka. Gregor’s new form stirs up the lives of his family and work. The biggest change can be seen in his sister Grete. The reconstruction of Grete throughout The Metamorphosis was very positive in the outcome of her possibly becoming a married woman, even after dealing with her brother becoming a bug. Grete’s relationship with her brother before, early …show more content…
She possibly has the strongest bond with her brother Gregor at the time. As Gregor spends most of his time working and providing for the family, he soon loses a connection with them: “They had even got used to it, both Gregor and his family, they took the money with gratitude and he was glad to provide it, although there was no longer much warm affection given in return. Gregor only remained close with his sister now” (Kafka 6; pt 2). Time goes on as Gregor falls into the routine of giving money to his family and it soon means nothing. The relationship with Grete and Gregor continues since Gregor has no one else. Grete becomes the only person who knows and looks out for Gregor. Before the transformation, Grete enjoyed her lifestyle according to Gregor: “She was still a child of seventeen, her life till then had been very enviable, consisting of wearing nice clothes, sleeping late, helping out in the business, joining in with a few modest pleasures and most of all playing the violin” (Kafka 4; pt 2). Grete seemed to live a comfortable life as adulthood approached. She has no worries for herself and very much enjoys music. Grete also has dreams with her music: “During Gregor’s short periods in town, conversation with his sister would often turn to the conservatory but it was only ever mentioned as a lovely dream that could never be realized” (Kafka 4; pt 2). The …show more content…
At first she tries very hard to make things easier on everyone and takes responsibility by taking care of Gregor: “In order to test his taste, she brought him a whole selection of things, all spread out on an old newspaper… As well as all that she had poured some water into the dish, which had probably been permanently set aside for Gregor’s use, and place it beside them. Then, out of consideration for Grgor’s feelings, as she knew that he would not eat in front of her, she hurried out again and even turned the key in the lock so that Gregor would know he could make things as comfortable for himself as he liked” (Kafka 2; pt 2). Grete decides she will feed Gregor, but will first figure out what he likes so that he doesn’t go hungry. She still shows compassion to Gregor and transforms into a nurturer when no one else will. The fear that the rest of his family has towards him causes Gregor to again turn to Grete to be the only one there for him. Grete herself remains scared of Gregor’s new form, but pushes to take care of him. Grete also begins to help around the house more: “ Now Gregor’s sister also had to help his moter with the cooking; although that was not so much as no one ate very much” (Kafka 3; pt 2). Grete has given up her desired lifestyle to help her mother with cooking. It may not seem like much, but it hints that the family is starting to face the burden of Gregor not working. Grete

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