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Economic effects on human relationships Gregor is enslaved by his family because he is the one who makes money Thus with the possible exception of his sister the family seems to treat him not as a member but as a source of income When Gregor is no longer able to work after his metamorphosis he is treated with revulsion and neglected Once the family begins working they also find difficulty communicating with each other eating dinner in silence and fighting among themselves The exhaustion of dehumanizing jobs and the recognition that people are only valuable so long as they earn a salary keeps anyone who works isolated from others and unable to establish human relations with them Family duty The theme of family and the duties of family members to each other drive the interactions between Gregor and the others His thoughts are almost entirely of the need to support his parents and sending his sister to the Conservatory Though Gregor hates his job he follows the call of duty to his family and goes far beyond simple duty The family on the other hand takes care of Gregor after his metamorphosis only so far as duty seems to necessitate He is kept locked in his room and brought food In the end his room is barely cleaned and his sister no longer cares about what food she brings him Her actions are routine as she only wants to do enough that she can claim she has fulfilled her duty When she decides she has had enough she insists that their duty to him has been fulfilled I dont think anyone could reproach us in the slightest she says as she suggests that they need to get rid of him Alienation Before his metamorphosis Gregor is alienated from his job his humanity his family and even his body as we see from the fact that he barely notices his transformation In fact even his consideration
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