Grete and Gregor in "The Metamorphosis" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Grete and Gregor in "The Metamorphosis"
A literary review of "The Metamorphosis" by Frank Kafka.
# 36068 | 900 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 22, 2003 in Literature (German)

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This paper depicts the relationship between Gregor and Grete in Frank Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" and shows how Grete's transformation from a young girl to a woman parallels Gregor's transformation from a a human to a beetle. The paper discusses h0ow these transformations create the ultimate irony of the dreams and nightmares of life.

From the Paper:

"A number of themes run through the story, but at the center are the familial relationships fundamentally affected by the great change in the story's protagonist, Gregor Samsa.
"The author focuses on the father son relationship but the unique perspective is offered by the relationship between Gregor and his sister Grete. Grete, after all, is the one whom Gregor connects with after his metamorphosis. It is Grete's changing actions, feelings, and speech toward her brother, coupled with her accession to womanhood, that seem to parallel Gregor's own metamorphosis. (Eisner, 1950) This change represents her metamorphosis form adolescence into adulthood but at the same time it marks the final demise of Gregor. Thus certain symmetry is to be found in "The Metamorphosis": while Gregor falls in the midst of despair, Grete ascends to a self-sufficient, sexual woman.
"Grete conscientiously does whatever she can for Gregor. She attempts to find out what he eats, to make him feel comfortable, and to anticipate his desires. Grete, "brought him a wide assortment of things, all spread out on old newspaper: old, half-rotten vegetables; bones left over from the evening meal, caked with congealed white sauce; some raisins and almonds; a piece of cheese, which two days before Gregor had declared inedible; a plain slice of bread, a slice of bread and butter, and one with butter and salt" (p. 24)."

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