The Relationship Between Gregor Samsa and His Father in The Metamorphosis, a Short Story by Franz Kafka

Gregor and his Father

In Franz Kafka’s short story, “The Metamorphosis”, the character Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning and finds that he has actually changed into a bug. Gregor’s transformation into a bug reveals a lot about his relationship with his household. In regards to his relationship with his dad, Gregor’s true feeling for his dad is exposed to be that he feels that he has a responsibility to support his dad financially. Gregor’s daddy, however, is revealed that his true sensations towards Gregor is that he abhors him which he does not care for him.

Gregor feels that he as a commitment to support his daddy. After he realizes that he has actually turned into a bug, Gregor is completely unconcerned about his physical state. The only thing he cared about was his task, stressing that his “manager would certainly come round with the doctor from the medical insurance provider, implicate his moms and dads of having a lazy kid, and accept the medical professional’s suggestion not to make any claim as the physician thought that no-one was ever ill however that lots of were workshy” (Metamorphosis). Gregor operates at a task he dislikes to settle his father’s financial obligation and to take his dad’s location as the advocate of the household after his dad’s company failed. He states that “if I didn’t have my parents to think about I ‘d have given in my notification a very long time ago” (Transformation), revealing that the only factor that he works at the job is for his parents. Even as a bug, Gregor was generous and “was still there and had not the tiniest intention of deserting his family” (Metamorphosis). He does everything that he can to benefit his father and his household, without being worried about the discomfort that he is causing himself. When Gregor was attempting to open the door after his improvement, he thought about his household and “bit on the key with all his strength, neglecting the pain he was triggering himself” (Transformation). Gregor, both as a human and as a bug, cares more about his father than he appreciates himself.

Gregor’s father’s true feelings for Gregor are completely various from Gregor’s selfless feelings for him. His father despises him and utilizes him for his own advantage. After his dad’s company failure, Gregor worked hard to offer the family since his father no longer could. Initially his daddy and his household was “astonished and thrilled” but then he “had got used to it” (Metamorphosis). By offering the family, Gregor’s relationship with his dad distanced, saying that he “just stayed near to his sis now” (Metamorphosis). This suggests that by Gregor taking over as the provider for the household, his dad may be ashamed that his kid has to pay off his debt and of the turnaround of functions because the father is expect to support the family. After Gregor’s change into a bug, his father’s real feel bitter for him shows. Due to the fact that he is no longer providing for the family and has actually ended up being a concern rather, his father shows disgust and hostility towards him. When he initially sees him as a bug, he is hostile towards him and “seized the primary clerk’s stick, got a big newspaper from the table, and utilized them to drive Gregor back into his space” (Metamorphosis). When Gregor gets stuck between the door, “his father provided him a large push from the behind which launched him from where he was held and sent him flying, and greatly bleeding, deep into his room” (Metamorphosis). He also reveals severe hostility towards Gregor when he “had decided to bombard him” with apples and his sister needed to” [ask] him to extra Gregor’s life” (Metamorphosis). His hostility towards Gregor and his disregard for causing him injuries shows that he does not care for him nor does he feel compassion for him regardless of all that Gregor has done for him when he was human. As a human, Gregor did not have a close relationship with his father, but his father tolerated him due to the fact that he was using him for assistance. As a bug, he is now a burden and no longer supporting him, so he is able show his dislike towards him since he is no longer dependant on him anymore.

In Franz Kafka’s narrative, “The Transformation”, Gregor’s metamorphosis into a bug reveals the true feelings that Gregor and his dad have towards each other. Gregor really thinks that he has a responsibility to support his father and help him when his business failed. He put his desires and requires after his father’s. His daddy’s true feelings for him is that he abhors him, both prior to and after his transformation. His dislike for Gregor shows after Gregor’s transformation due to the fact that Gregor could no longer support him and for that reason he sees no use for him.