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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka is a novella The theme in this story is that change in one character leads to positive and negative change in other characters Gregor Samsa the main character changes into dung beetle His change affects his family deeply and they make both positive and negative changes to accommodate both his change and themselves The family resents Gregor and sees him as a burden which is a negative change but previously the family had relied on Gregor as their source of income This is where the conflict arises because now they have to learn to work for themselves instead of relying on Gregor for income which is ultimately a great positive change The familys initial reaction towards Gregor is largely extremely negative When the family and the chief clerk Gregors boss see him for the first time they panic Gregor is promptly shoved back into his room and he is locked there No one came any longer and in addition the keys were now on the outside page 25 This represents the familys immediate hostility towards Gregor where as before Gregors family had always taken care of him Gregors sister Grete decided to at least bring Gregor some food but even then she is still frightened She immediately opened the door again and walked in on tiptoe as if she were visiting a seriously ill person or even a stranger page 26 Mrs Samsa asks to see Gregor but Mr Samsa and Grete stop her It shows that at least she has accepted Gregors change and wants to see him Although the family does not react very well towards Gregors change his family still trys to help him Grete notices that Gregor is learning to move around this is a positive change She decided that moving furniture out of Gregors room would give him more room to move around and she asks for her mothers help Gregor sees his mother and
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