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Metamorphosis of the Family in Kafkas Metamorphosis In Franz Kafkas Metamorphosis the nature of Gregor Samsas reality changes insignificantly in spite of his drastic physical changes Gregors life before the metamorphosis was limited to working and caring for his family As a traveling salesman Gregor worked long hard hours that left little time to experience life He reflects on his life acknowledging the plague of traveling the anxieties of changing trains the irregular inferior meals the ever changing faces never to be seen again people with whom one has no chance to be friendly Kafka 13 Gregor working to pay off his familys debt has resigned himself to a life full of work Kafka himself paralleled this sentiment in a quote taken from his diaries noting that no matter how hard you work that work still doesnt entitle you to loving concern for people Instead youre alone a total stranger a mere object of curiosity Pawel 167 Gregor submerges himself in work and becomes a stranger to himself and to life Any type of social contact beyond porters waitresses or bartenders was non-existent He had once met a cashier in a hat shop whom he had pursued earnestly but too slowly Kafka 76 There was no room in Gregors life for people other that his family and as a result was condemned to a life without love or caring not to mention basic companionship He worked diligently to provide for his family and that remained his only goal in life Gregors family relied on him to be the breadwinner of the family but gave him nothing in return The life that he had led until now was one fully of obligations and loneliness he came home to empty hotel rooms or his apathetic family His parents and their dominance thus extends to the system which deprives him of creative life and married love
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