History Literature / TheMetamorphosis

2nd Oct '17 3:08:43 PM RedUmbrella
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* AbusiveParents: Though not outwardly abusive to Gregor, it's pretty obvious that Gregor's parents (and his sister to a lesser degree) are just exploiting him and his well-paying job. The way they treat Gregor after his transformation makes it clear to the reader that they probably didn't deserve the love and care that Gregor gave them. [[spoiler: The ending strongly implies that they're going to move on to exploiting Grete now that Gregor is gone, which suggests that they just keep their kids around to leech off them.]]

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* AbusiveParents: Though not outwardly abusive to Gregor, it's pretty obvious that Gregor's parents (and his sister to a lesser degree) are just exploiting him and his well-paying job. The way they treat Gregor after his transformation makes it clear to the reader that they probably didn't deserve the love and care that Gregor gave them. [[spoiler: The ending strongly implies that they're going to move on to exploiting Grete now that Gregor is gone, which suggests that they just keep their kids around to leech off them.]]
2nd Oct '17 3:06:08 PM RedUmbrella
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* LazyBum: Gregor's parents, who putter around the house all day, every day, while he works himself to the bone all day, every day, to pay off their debts and provide for them. Rather than seeing his transformation as an opportunity to pay him back for years of taking care of them, they're annoyed by what a ''burden'' it is to take care of him. [[spoiler:Once he's dead, it's implied they'll quickly move onto bumming off his sister.]]

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* LazyBum: Gregor's parents, who putter around the house all day, every day, while he works himself to the bone all day, every day, to pay off their debts and provide for them. Rather than seeing his transformation as an opportunity to pay him back for years of taking care of them, they're annoyed by what a ''burden'' it is to take care of him. [[spoiler:Once he's dead, it's implied they'll quickly move onto bumming off his sister.]]



* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:Gregor dies as a giant insect, while his family moves on to a better life without him. And it's implied that the family will go on to start abusing his sister the same way they abused him, basically meaning that [[HereWeGoAgain she's about due for a transformation of her own...]]]]

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* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:Gregor dies as a giant insect, while his family moves on to a better life without him. And it's implied that the family will go on to start abusing his sister the same way they abused him, basically meaning that [[HereWeGoAgain she's about due for a transformation of her own...]]]]]]



* YoungestChildWins: Grete, the little sister who works as a salesgirl, moves on to a better life in the end... to a degree. It's heavily implied that her parents will move on to exploiting ''her'' [[spoiler:with Gregor dead and gone.]]

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* YoungestChildWins: Grete, the little sister who works as a salesgirl, moves on to a better life in the end... to a degree. It's heavily implied that her parents will move on to exploiting ''her'' [[spoiler:with Gregor dead and gone.]]end.
30th Jan '17 1:27:02 PM Lloigor
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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The characters have a fairly dull reaction to Gregor's inexplicable transformation into a giant bug, all things considered. It's treated as a burden rather than a horrific and traumatizing sight that forces them to question reality.-- The family's relative lack of reaction has led some people [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation to interpret the story]] as [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness Gregor only]] ''[[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness thinking]]'' he has become an insect. His family is reacting to his bizarre behavior and insect-like sounds, not his appearance.

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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The characters have a fairly dull reaction to Gregor's inexplicable transformation into a giant bug, all things considered. It's treated as a burden rather than a horrific and traumatizing sight that forces them to question reality.-- The family's relative lack of reaction has led some people [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation to interpret the story]] as [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness Gregor only]] ''[[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness thinking]]'' he has become an insect. His family is reacting to his bizarre behavior and insect-like sounds, not his appearance.
16th Sep '16 2:43:03 PM Sadmu
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* Bookends: The story opens with Gregor's transformation and ends with imagery lending Grete a transformation of her own.

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* Bookends: BookEnds: The story opens with Gregor's transformation and ends with imagery lending Grete a transformation of her own.
16th Sep '16 2:42:13 PM Sadmu
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* BookEnds: The story opens with Gregor's transformation and ends with imagery lending Grete a transformation of her own.

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* BookEnds: Bookends: The story opens with Gregor's transformation and ends with imagery lending Grete a transformation of her own.
3rd Sep '16 7:13:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheSoundOfMartialMusic: The story takes place in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
2nd Sep '16 9:55:30 PM Give1Take2
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* DownerEnding: Gregor dies, Greta will not become a musician, and their parents don't really care.

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* DownerEnding: Gregor [[spoiler:Gregor dies, Greta will not become a musician, and their parents don't really care.]]



* ExtremeDoormat: Gregor to his bosses at work and family at home. No wonder he turned into a bug.



* JustWokeUpThatWay

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* JustWokeUpThatWayJustWokeUpThatWay:
-->One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible verminous bug.
* LazyBum: Gregor's parents, who putter around the house all day, every day, while he works himself to the bone all day, every day, to pay off their debts and provide for them. Rather than seeing his transformation as an opportunity to pay him back for years of taking care of them, they're annoyed by what a ''burden'' it is to take care of him. [[spoiler:Once he's dead, it's implied they'll quickly move onto bumming off his sister.]]



** One of countless interpretations of the story is that Gregor turned into a bug because he'd been treated like a lowly, verminous insect by his family and employers for so long that his body eventually reflected his self-image ([[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness if he transformed at all]]).



* NoSympathy: Gradually, but inevitable. Only Greta and Gregor's mother give Gregor any sympathy as a bug, but never in his presence. Gradually, they, too, grow tired of him.

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* NoSympathy: Gradually, but inevitable.From his father and manager. Only Greta and Gregor's mother give Gregor any sympathy as a bug, but never in his presence. Gradually, they, too, grow tired of him.



* WasOnceAMan

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* WasOnceAManWasOnceAMan: Poor Gregor.



* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman

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* WhatMeasureIsANonHumanWhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Gregor is on the receiving end of this the second he turns into an insect.
30th Jun '16 6:48:10 PM DelShiftB
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* LowSpeedChase: The chase at the end of part II didn't look like an actual chase, with Gregor scurring away when the father just takes a few steps. It ends when the father decides to throw apples, one of which gets lodged in the back (eventually becoming a fatal injury).
16th Jan '16 2:33:50 PM Dravencour
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->''"One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug."''

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->''"One morning, as ->''"As Gregor Samsa was waking up awoke one morning from anxious dreams, uneasy dreams he discovered that found himself transformed in his bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug.gigantic insect."''
17th Jun '15 10:52:11 PM LeaseofLife
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* DownerEnding: Gregor dies, Greta will not become a musician, and their parents don't really care.
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