The Metamorphosis Essay

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The Metamorphosis By: Franz Kafka “The Metamorphosis” is a novel written by Franz Kafka that tells the story of Gregor Samsa. He was a hardworking individual who worked long pep hours in order to support his family after his father’s business had failed. He gave up many years of his life to selflessly pull his family through this very hard time. One morning, after many years of being his family’s sole breadwinner, he woke up transformed into a giant bug and was no longer able to continue his role in supporting his family. In “The Metamorphosis,” we see how the ideas and beliefs of Karl Marx were portrayed. He believed that the person with money or the ability to earn the money has power. Gregor Samsa was the one who had the power in the family because he was the one earning the money and supporting his family. The false love and appreciation that his father had for him soon became transparent and disappeared once the time came that Gregor was no longer able to support his family, forcing Mr. Samsa to go back to work. The father-son relationship here was based on what Karl Marks believes. The minute Gregor stopped earning money, his father’s attitude towards his son was harsh and he regarded his transformed son with disgust. Franz Kafka showed in his book a number of different instances that leave me to conclude that his father holds responsibility for destroying the identity of Gregor Samsa more than any other family member. Wilhelm Emrich proves the relationship between Gregor Samsa and his father to be based solely on the money that Gregor brought into their home. “They had just gotten used to it, the family as well as Gregor, the money was received with thanks and given with pleasure, but no special feeling of warmth went with it anymore” (p 35). When Gregor was bringing in money and putting food on the table, they appreciated him. After his metamorphosis

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