Humanity Vs Bestiality In Metamorphasis By Franz Kafka Cnu/ Mlan 205 Hegelian Essay

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In The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka portrays the life of Gregor Samsa who unexpectedly woke up as a vermin one morning. The story explores how this impacts his relationship with his family and examines the hardships he has to go through now that he is a bug. It is argued whether Gregor is more human-like or more bestial after he goes through this “metamorphosis” because he still has human thoughts and emotions, even though he is physically a bug.
In the beginning of the novella, after just realizing he had turned into a bug, Gregor immediately starts to worry about being late for work (4). He is concerned with how he will continue to financially support his family since his parents are in debt to his boss, and becomes nervous that his boss will become suspicious when he is not at work and send somebody to his house to check on him. The reader can tell that prior to his metamorphosis, Gregor’s family already dehumanized him. When he changes into a bug, it is obvious that he was only important to them, especially his father, for the money he provided. His entire life pre-metamorphosis consisted of going to work and being at home. In a way, becoming a bug forced Gregor to be a better human. He discovers some of his identity and what made him human once everything was taken away from him. He has to choose to continue to love and care for his family when they do not want to deal with him anymore and express their disgust towards him. Gregor makes many sacrifices for his family, including crawling on the floor so he could not be seen from the window out of consideration for his parents (57), and also accepting his death at the end of the novella so they would not have to carry his burdens anymore. He gains a lot of patience and has to act how his family would...

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