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Gregor's Obsession with Cash Exposed in Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis Essay

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Gregor's Obsession with Money Exposed in Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis In his story The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka gives us the story of Gregor Samsa, a young guy who wakes up one morning to find himself transformed in an insect-like monster. Gregor, however, remains strangely indifferent to his predicament, in a way that looks inhuman to most readers. This isn't due to a deficiency of omniscience on the narrator's part that leads to the indifference to go unmentioned, and neither can it be due to inobservance on the portion of Gregor to the purpose of not even noticing that he's been transformed into an insect. Rather, Gregor will not pay much attention to his new type as a insect since his life as a human lacked several ordinary individual traits. To put it differently, Gregor was emotionally not human even before his change in bodily form. Only after his metamorphosis, Gregor makes a significant observation on his own job as a traveling salesman: "Oh God," he thought, "what a grueling job I've picked! Day in, day out - to the road. The mad of doing business is much worse than the actual company in the home office, and, moreover, I've got the torture of travel, worrying about changing trains, and eating miserable food at all hours, always seeing new faces, no relationships that last or even more romantic. To the devil with it all!" (4) Most "ordinary" people would claim that purposeful connections constitute the core of the human experience. However, Gregor's concerns appear a whole lot more mundane. He begins with whining about the quotidian problems of his occupation and only at the conclusion reaches that which is truly important - and he then immediately goes on to continue thinking about his occupation. He is obsessed with labour, "an instrument of their boss, without intelligence...

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