Heavy stuff indeed for a story about a cockroach who likes to slurp putrid waste and hang upside down from the ceiling. Grete, for whom he had such tender feelings, overreacts far more than any of the others. The father kicks out the boarders and decides to fire the cleaning lady, who has disposed of Gregor's body. His father attempts to drive them back into their room, but they stop on the threshold and the middle lodger, whom the others apparently look up to, announces that he is giving notice and will not pay for the days he has lived there because of the disgusting conditions in the household. Gregor, however, is drawn by it. The style seems to ground the story in reality, cutting off any possibility of its having been a dream, and yet the story itself is of an impossible occurrence. But he must have clamped too hard, as a brown liquid starts to trickle from his jaws.
Gregor injures himself when he squeezes back through the doorway into his bedroom. Grete tells her mother and father that the cockroach, which she can't even believe is Gregor, has ruined their lives. One of these lodges itself in Gregor's back, almost crippling him. None of these items offer a clue as to how he got into the state he's in. Gregor overhears the family talking about their finances, and determining that they will have to go back to work, now that he can no longer provide for them.
This incapacity, in turn, is a concomitant symptom of their limitless indifference toward everything happening to Gregor. These bonds are not only evident in the work place, but at home too. One apple hits Gregor's back and gets embedded, causing Gregor massive pain. But what makes Kafka's story such a classic is that it's able to move from the Big Questions that haunt civilization as we know it to that universally recognizable and, let's be honest—often pretty hilarious experience of adolescent awkwardness. The parents notice that their daughter has grown up and decide that it is time to find her a husband.
The family also takes in three boarders to make ends meet. The father asks how they could get rid of it, and Grete has no answer. Along with The Metamorphosis, Kafka's demonstrates this stance, as a mysterious authority arrests a hapless man, Josef K. While trying to move, he finds that his office manager, the chief clerk, has shown up to check on him. He begs the manager to defend him at the office; after all, traveling salesmen are often the subject of vicious gossip because they're away all the time.
He'll be up in a minute. Gregor tries to stop the clerk so as to keep him from leaving with such a negative view of things, but then his mother, backing away, knocks over a coffee pot, causing a commotion and giving the chief clerk an opportunity to get away. As a result of Gregor's escape from the economic order, his family has been drafted into it. The family hires a new cleaning woman, an old widow, who regularly chats with Gregor, much to Gregor's dismay. Fabric samples from his job as a traveling salesman are spread out on a table. The only person who can seem to tolerate the new Gregor is his sister, who brings him rotting food.
The Viennese author , whose sexual imagination gave rise to the idea of , is also an influence. Gregor unsuccessfully tries to catch him as he flees and discovers how easily he can crawl on his new legs. He climbs the wall and places himself over his print of the lady with the muff, which shocks his mother when she returns to the room, causing her to faint. The selection of an ordinary individual as victim heightens the impact of the absurd. The author puts in the spotlight the psychological aspect of decision-making and what is triggered by it.
He thinks that if he crashes on the floor, he'll probably terrify his family. His mother immediately faints upon seeing him in his transformed state. Seeing him, his mother faints and Grete runs out of the room for medicine to revive her with. The dominant symbols of the story also reflect those of Gordin's play. How bad the situation is, and how to deal with the economic situation and so forth! You don't get your last name turned into a synonym for unless you write some pretty messed-up stuff. Ever had your voice crack due to those sadistic little chemicals called hormones? Gregor also learns that his mother wants to visit him, but his sister and father will not let her.
Gregor tries to explain that he's really not that ill—just a little dizzy!!! He agrees fully with his sister. He works as a traveling salesman in order to provide money for his sister and parents. Here, as in The Trial, the world is commensurate with the hero's concept of it. He thinks that he would leave his overbearing employer but he has to work off a debt that his parents incurred. The family has been isolated in the same way that Gregor had been abandoned while he was the sole breadwinner.
Gregor attempts to drink the milk, but finds that he is repulsed by the taste. But only one of the doors is open—Gregor can't make it through. They back up the efforts of the head clerk to coax him out of bed for fear that he may lose his job. Flustered, Gregor scurries around the living room until he plops onto the table in the middle of the living room, exhausted. Since he can't open both doors at the same time, he opens one wing with his entire body, then slowly scooches his entire body out from behind the wing. Ever have difficulty sitting still? Gregor is, understandably, glad that the door is locked. A frequently used device in Kafka's works, the discrepancy between the time shown on the clock and the time as experienced by the hero symbolizes his alienation.