By Franz Kafka
Kafka didn't lead a life out of the ordinary, yet there were still certain peculiarities characteristic from his life. On the psychological aspect, Kafka wasn't exactly okay. Not only did he suffered from depression, but he also from schizoid personality disorder and anorexia nerviosa. He even fell into the suicidal spectrum from time to time.
Even though he had always been a brillliant writer, only a few of Kafka's works were published during his lifetime. Actually, his most famous works were published until after his death at the hands of starvation caused by laryngeal tuberculosis.
After all the commotion passes, his sister, Grate, takes upon the task of taking care of Gregor and cleaning his room. Gregor hides and only roams around the room once his family is gone. Meanwhile though, he hides under the couch. His sister at first feeds him bread and milk, but this doesn't seem as tasty as it used to be for Gregor. Instead, he takes preference on rotten food and wastes.
Days and months pass, and after various accidents, including him making his mother faint again and him driving boarders away, Gregor discovers how much his family detest him. Due to this, Gregor becomes reclusive and stops eating; dying soon after at the hand of exhaustion and starvation. The cleaning lady the family had hired to clean his room finds his corpse the morning after and tells the family, who is glad that the weight of having to take care of Gregor is finally gone.
She is Gregor's mother. She find Gregor disgusting, as whenever she so much as catches a glimpse of him, she faints. Mrs. Samsa goes through a huge emotional conflict throughout the story, for she wants to protect his son, but is disgusted by the sole sight of him.
Grete Samsa is Gregor's sister. At first, we see her as his caretaker, until she can no longer stand the trouble Gregor brought economically and family-wise.
Mr. Samsa, Gregor's father, is the one who reacted immediately in a negative way to Gregor's metamorphosis by trying to kill him. Since Gregor could no longer work and bring money home, he is not only forced to go back to work, but also to take in boarders in order to make meets end.
“I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself.”
Gregor wakes changed into a bug. He doesn't know how to move or what to do with all his new appendixes. This image shows the calm before the storm that is to com once his family and boss see him.
Gregor tries to fight the urge to move towards the music, knowing that his family doesn't want him near them, but fails miserably.
After months of isolation, depression, and an undefined period of starvation, Gregor dies, giving peace to his family and leaving the pain being a bug brought to him behind.