who Gregor was before vs his life after his change
Gregor narrated vs. quoted
tone changes: first discovering himself as vermin to when he later accepts his situation
characters treat Gregor: mother vs father; sister from beginning to end
struggles of family: financial burden vs financial boom
physical vs emotional abnormalities or ugliness
literal vs metaphorical understanding of Gregor’s transformation
family’s reaction to Gregor when he first transforms vs when he dies
status quo vs reaction to sudden change
Although Grete is notably uncomfortable with Gregor’s new state, she takes on the responsibility of caring for her brother, a job his father could not fill.
introduce the quotation: When Gregor’s presence shocks his mother and makes her faint, Gregor’s father blames him for this
provide the quotation
apply it back to our argument
When Gregor’s presence shocks his mother and makes her faint, Gregor’s father blames him for this: “It was clear to Gregor that Grete had not said enough and that his father took it to mean that something bad had happened, that he was he was responsible for some act of violence” (16). Here, Mr. Samsa, although not in the room, jumps quickly to the conclusion that something awful has happened and that Gregor is at fault. He clearly sees his son as a monster, and someone to be afraid of, who would purposely hurt the family. This shows that unlike Grete, he is not willing to engage in the current family situation.