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Although most cultures cannot be generalized with certain behaviours however certain Japanese traditions and values are common to all their people and is taught to them from a very early age The practice of having the son of a family to look after his parents as mentioned later is common to both Japanese and Chinese cultures In our studies of European literature we can see that patriarchy that is the supremacy of the father in a family and the reckoning of descent and inheritance in the male line plays a major part in family life However the institution of patriarchy is not just limited to European cultures In this essay we will examine the instances of patriarchy in The Metamorphosis and compare it to instances in Japan In the beginning of The Metamorphosis we can tell from the way Gregors family is organized that Gregor is the father figure in that he is the primary breadwinner and the one who makes most of the decisions for his family On page 1781 we can see Gregor thinking that me would take charge of the familys affairs again hence showing that before he turned into a bug he was the dominant person in the family He is the only person in the family who actually goes out to earn money His father has already retired while his mother and sister following the standards of that time do not go out and work Gregor is the only one who goes out as a traveling salesman and is responsible for earning money for the whole family His father stays at home and only lies wearily buried in bed1778 while Gregor goes out on business trips From this we can see that Gregor has taken over his fathers responsibilities as head of the household He is earning money and supporting the family while his father has retired and only stays at home doing
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