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The Roles of Women in Paradise of the Blind and The Metamorphosis The roles of women in The Metamorphosis and Paradise of the Blind are both that of sacrifice for love and family as Kafka describes the womens roles as those of duty and responsibility in a time of need for family strength in The Metamorphosis and similarly Huong represents women in a position to sacrifice their own needs or wants for the family In The Metamorphosis the two women represented in the story are Gregors sister Grete and his mother As Gregor is transformed the women are forced into new duties of care-giving and hard-working women Grete especially realizes the need for someone to step in and be the primary care-taker of Gregor considering his newfound inability This is demonstrated on page 91 as it talks about Gretes reaction to coming into Gregors room after trying to give him some food earlier which he seems to not have eaten But his sister at once noticed with surprise that the basin was still full except for a little milk that had been spilt all around it she lifted it immediately not with her bare hands true but with a cloth and carried it away The cloth is mentioned to give the reader a sense of disgust in Gretes chore She clearly doesnt necessarily want to be in this position yet she understands that as her brother she must care for him It seems as though the mother would possibly be the most important womans role in the book yet her attitude toward the situation seems to make her incapacitated to fulfill any such duties Every member of Gregors family had a negative surprised reaction to his transformation yet none seemed to be as distressed as that of Gregors mother An example of her sorrow and feelings of resentment can be found on page 86 as it says Behind his father his mother had torn
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