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Gregor as Catalyst for Metamorphosis of this Family In Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis, Gregor is not the only existence that undergoes a complete transformation. On occasion a change in one area of life will cede to fluctuations in different areas, but the ensuing changes wouldn't have come about without the first shift that set things in motion. This is how it is with Gregor and his family. Gregor's family was in dire need of change, and Gregor's condition became a potent catalyst for that change. Gregor's metamorphosis facilitates the change of his whole family, proving that oftentimes an outside source is needed to pull individuals out of a rut and put them on their toes again. Before Gregor turned into a giant insect, his whole family relied greatly upon him in more ways than one. After his father's business failed, Gregor became the major breadwinner of the household. He got a stable job and the entire family was happy, because a steady job communicates continuous income and a continuous source of food, too. Over time, "they had simply got used to it, both the family and also Gregor; the money was gratefully accepted and mercifully granted, but there was no distinctive uprush of warm feeling" (95). Every member of the family becomes accustomed to an effortless life in which needs and desires are allowed for. This routine causes the individuals in the family to stagnate and live unproductively. The household starts to follow a course of exis...