The Stress On Money In The Met Essay

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The Stress On Money In The Met


The Stress on Money in The Metamorphosis

In The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, the stress of, or the importance of money seems to be
one of the major themes. Kafka shows how the person who makes the money is the person who
gets the respect. If you aren't contributing to the income of the family, what good are
you?

The novella starts off with Gregor being transformed into a bug. As he is lying on his
bed, he thinks about his job: how he hasn't missed a day since he started to work there;
he only has this job because his parents are in debt; and if he didn't get up 'The boss
would be sure to come with the health-insurance doctor, blame his parents for their lazy
son, and cut off any excuses by quoting the health-insurance doctor';(5). Gregor fears
losing his job because his parents are in debt, and even though he hates his job, it is
the sense of being the leading bread maker for the family, which demands some respect.
Gregor supports his family by having this job, so the family gives Gregor respect in
return. However, once the family learns that Gregor has turned into a bug, they stop
treating him with respect, and instead, imprison him in his room. What use do they have
for him now; he no longer makes any money. His parents refuse to look at him or even to
try to communicate with him. Instead of giving Gregor the respect he deserves out of love
for their son, his parents give him respect because he gives them money. Now that he
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