Metamorphosis Metamorphosis is a story that is easily related to this ever so cruel world and the life each of us live today. Each of us experience alienation just as Gregor did in the story. We experience from friends and even worse family. When changes arrive that we can’t cope with, we sometimes except them grudgingly, or we simply run away from that change.
What we fail to realize is the fact that the change (trial or problem) will still be there to deal with upon returning. Gregor Samsa had already been experiencing some alienation in the beginning. Gregor provided for his family, believing that they weren’t capable of this. In being the only individual providing for his family, he had a slight tendency to work too hard and too much, pushing himself away from them and keeping to himself unknowingly. Gregor was working for his fathers creditor, trying to pay off a dept his father owed.
He had work for this company for 5 years. He never missed a day and was always on time. His boss never acknowledged this, and failed to trust Gregor because he was different. Gregor would always do more than necessary on the job and at home.
This mattered to neither his boss nor to his family. Gregor never had a chance to really build a social life. He was always busy with work. The only person that could be said to be close to him was his sister, who would turn on him later in the story. Upon metamorphosis, Gregor could no longer provide for himself, which wasn’t a problem, or his family who, he was most worried about. From the point of this major physical change from a human to a beetle, his family starts to turn on him.
This is due to the fact that Gregor had no longer acquired the ability to work to work and provide for his family. After everything he had done for his family, it seemed to hold no meaning to them. They were embarrassed and ashamed of their insect family member. Each one of the family members were proved to be ungrateful, selfish, manipulative people. The Samsa family no longer had a use for Gregor.
The love that was thought to be there began to show. This was a immature love, which had no meaning. His sister made a cruel decision that the rest of the family, excluding Gregor, acted upon. They decided to exterminate Gregor. Apples were thrown at Gregor by his father. One of those apples was thrown and embedded into his back.
This apple could not be removed and rotted in his beetle flesh that could not heal. The rotted apple of evil and cruelty in the flesh is what killed Gregor. In the Metamorphosis, Kafka reminds us of how often certain people and things are taken advantage of. He reminds us of how cruel this society can towards each other, especially in a time of emotional hurt and need. He points out that we all can be mislead and blinded by the cruel activities that society holds.