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Metamorphosis of the Family at Kafka's Metamorphosis At Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis, the nature of Gregor Samsa's fact changes insignificantly in spite of his extreme physiological changes. Gregor's life before the metamorphosis has been confined to working and caring for his family. As a traveling salesman, Gregor worked long, hard hours which left little time to experience "life." He reflects on his own life imagining the "plague of traveling: the pressures of changing trains, the irregular, inferior foods, the ever changing faces, not to be seen again, people with whom one has no chance to be friendly" (Kafka 13). Gregor, working to pay off his family, has resigned himself to a life filled with work. Kafka himself paralleled this sentiment in a quote taken out of his diaries noting that however hard you work "that work still doesn't entitle one to enjoying concern for individuals. Instead, you're lonely, a entire stranger, a mere object of fascination" (Pawel 167). Gregor submerges himself in work and becomes a stranger to himself and to existence. Any sort of social contact beyond porters, waitresses or bartenders has been non-existent. He'd once met a "cashier at a hat shop, whom he had pursued earnestly but also slowly" (Kafka 76). There wasn't any area in Gregor's life for individuals other that his family and consequently was sentenced to a life without love or caring not to mention fundamental companionship. He worked tirelessly to offer his family and that remained his sole goal in life. Gregor's family relied upon him to be the "breadwinner" of the household, but gave him nothing whatsoever. The life that he had headed until now was one fully of obligations and loneliness; he came home to vacant hotel rooms or his apathetic fam...

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