Monday, January 18, 2010
Fate played an interesting role in Kafka's novella Metamorphosis. It appeared from the very beginning that Gregor's fate was sealed and that he would be a bug for the rest of his life. Like wise his family merely accepted that Gregor was no longer human so they would just continue to live their lives without Gregor. Personally I was disturbed that everyone in the novel just accepted the fate of Gregor without even attempting to reverse it. Especially considering that Gregor was the bread winner of the family and the family never really contributed anything. They had to go find jobs to support themselves after Gregor went through his transformation. From the very first pages the reader could almost feel Gregor's death as imminent merely because once he became a bug he was treated like one rather than the human he used to be.