Blog #7 – Gregor letting go.

Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” focuses on the character of Gregor, who at the start of the story is turned into a giant insect. The rest of the story gradually shows Gregor being alienated from his family and life. Many focus on Gregor’s family and how they distance themselves from him. Even his sister, who was close to him, eventually does not want to take care of him. What I found interesting, however, was Gregor’s alienation with his human self. At first, he is very scared and confused at the transformation. However, as the story progresses, he becomes more and more comfortable in his insect form. This is evident in the scenes where he happily eats the rotten scraps his sister left him, or when he is shown leisurely crawling around his room. As hard as it was for him, he began to slowly forget his past human life and adapt with this new life. I was curious as to whether this theme of adaptation was one that was brought up repeatedly during Modernism? Regardless, though Gregor tried to adapt fully to this new life, in the end he still harbored many of his human feelings. He continued to feel he was a burden to his family, and in the end this overtook his adaptation to his new life.

One Response to “Blog #7 – Gregor letting go.”

  1. Kim Sasser says:

    You refer to what I find to be one of the most pitiful elements of this narrative — that even after the way he’s been treated by his family, Gregor still feels guilty for being a burden to them.

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