Kafka -The Metamorphosis Review

The Metamorphosis  Section 1 In the first section, Gregor Samsa wakes up late and finds he turned into a bug during the night. He is late to his job that he needs to support his family.

A clerk from his company try to make him come out of his room. When Gregor opens the door to his room, everyone is afraid of him. His father makes him go back in the room. Section 2 No one in the family wants to look at Gregor so he hides under the couch so Grete can bring him food.

Gregor hears that his family is not so poor, but they still need money and he wants Grete to keep studying the violin. The family takes all his furniture away so Gregor can move around more easily, but he is worried so he crawls on the wall on top of the picture he likes. He makes his mother faint, Grete gets angry, and his father hurts him with an apple. Section 3 The family is still being cruel to Gregor, and all of them have to work now.

The family took in three lodgers and put the furniture in Gregor’s room, which makes him very upset. When Grete is playing the violin, Gregor goes to the parlor to see her. The family says that the bug cannot be Gregor because he would not stay in the house so long. Gregor dies in his room that night.

The next day, the family goes on a trip and says that Grete should get married soon. Theme A theme in each section of the work is how society treats people who are different very cruelly. While Gregor had been supporting the family by working at a job he does not like, when he is turned into a bug, they treat him horribly. Kafka writes, Gregor’s serious wound, from which he suffered for over a month—since no one ventured to remove the apple, it remained in his flesh as a visible reminder—seemed by itself to have reminded the father that, in spite of his present unhappy and hateful appearance, Gregor was a member of the family and should not be treated as an enemy, and that it was, on the contrary, a requirement of family duty to suppress one’s aversion and to endure—nothing else, just endure.

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