Nicole HolubecMetamorphosis ImpromptuP.3 LarsonThe story follows a man named Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesman who works to provide for his family. One morning he awakens to find that he has been transformed into a gigantic insect. He is unable to work and becomes an annoyance to his family.
As a result of this he stays confined in his room and detaches from his family. Since he can no longer support the family, they begin working again. Initially, the only family member who still cared for him was his sister, Grete, and she becomes his caretaker after the metamorphosis. Their relationship starts off accepting and warm but quickly wanes to a passive aggressive with Grete leaving his room in a mess to spite Gregor.
Mr. Samsa, Gregor’s father, returns to work after the metamorphosis. He is unkind and harsh to Gregor and as for, Mrs. Samsa, she ultimately struggles between sticking to her maternal instincts and her fear and disgust of her son’s new form.While Gregor struggles with maintaining good relationships with each of his family members, he really struggles with his father.
Mr. Samsa and Gregor never had a good relationship to start with but the metamorphosis did nothing but worsen what they had already. Their unsteady relationship caused the decline of Gregor’s hope to become human again and reveals the meaning behind the work which is alienation. The fact that Gregor is no longer providing for the family causes Mr. Samsa to become more unkind towards Gregor and violent on many occasions. The first instance was when Gregor first came out of his room after the metamorphosis happened. “Gregor’s father seized the chief clerk’s stick in his right hand, picked up a large newspaper from the table with his left, and used them to drive Gregor back into his room, stamping his foot at him as he went.
” As Gregor ran back to his room, his father kicked him in the back and slammed the door. This caused a huge injury to Gregor and this event reveals the beginning of alienation from his family. Feelings and thoughts of being unwanted entered Gregor’s mind. He was not only cut off from his own body and his job but now his family as well.Soon after, another violent incident that occurred between Gregor and his father was when Gregor got an apple lodged into his back. Grete and his mother tried taking Gregor’s furniture which made him very upset. When he gets out of his room to try to save his furniture, Gregor accidentally frightens his mother and made her faint.
His father walks in right about after she faints and blows up in rage. He begins to start screaming at begins to throw apples at Gregor. “An apple thrown without much force glanced against Gregor’s back and slid off without doing any harm. Another one however, immediately following it, hit squarely and lodged in his back; Gregor wanted to drag himself away, as if he could remove the surprising, the incredible pain by changing his position.” He returns back into his room and collapses. As the story continues, the apple stays lodged in his back because no one really cares enough to take it out or cares to go anywhere near Gregor.
His father threw the apples at him not only out of the anger he had towards him in the spur of the moment, but also because of the gradual growth of hatred he has for Gregor. When his father was throwing apples at him, Grete and his mother cried, begging for him to stop. “The last thing he saw was the door of his room being pulled open, his sister was screaming, his mother ran out in front of her in her blouse she ran to his father, her skirts unfastened and sliding one after another to the ground, stumbling over the skirts she pushed herself to his father, her arms around him, uniting herself with him totally – now Gregor lost his ability to see anything – her hands behind his father’s head begging him to spare Gregor’s life.” Mr. Samsa wanted to hurt Gregor, readers could assume he wanted to kill him, but fortunately Grete and his mother still had love and some sort of sense of protection towards Gregor. The occurrence of Mr. Samsa throwing apples at his son reveals the extremity of the alienation from his family.
The development of their sorry relationship is a leading cause of Gregor’s alienation from the family because his father’s negative outlook on him spreads into the rest of his family’s eyes. Gregor is truly alone because he is neglected more and more as the days pass since the metamorphosis. The neglect and disgust of Gregor continues and it all comes down to when he overhears his family saying they want him gone and to just disappear. When the clock strikes at 3 A.M.
he collapses and dies. Gregor’s death was like a weight taken off the Samsa’s shoulders. His death also shows the true meaning behind the work, that alienation is tragic, lonely, and depressing.