The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Which passage tells us what Gregor’s father does when Gregor escapes from his room?

A weakly thrown apple grazed Gregor’s back but skidded off harmlessly. However another thrown immediately after that one drove into Gregor’s back really hard.

‘Ah,’ he yelled as soon as he entered, with a tone as if he were all at once angry and pleased.

It was clear to Gregor that his father had badly misunderstood Grete’s short message and was assuming that Gregor had committed some violent crime or other.

“What’s happened?”, were his first words. Grete’s appearance had told him everything.

What does Gregor do while his sister and mother are removing the furniture from his room?

At the sight of Gregor, who, totally surprised, began to scamper here and there, although no one was chasing him, she remained standing with her hands folded across her stomach staring at him.

Then he saw hanging conspicuously on the wall, which was otherwise already empty, the picture of the woman dressed in nothing but fur. He quickly scurried up over it and pressed himself against the glass that held it in place and which made his hot abdomen feel good.

In this overworked and exhausted family who had time to worry any longer about Gregor more than was absolutely necessary?

Of course, what with his new style of creeping all around, he had in the past while neglected to pay attention to what was going on in the rest of the apartment, as he had done before, and really should have grasped the fact that he would encounter different conditions.

Which passage indicates that Gregor’s health and faculties are starting to decline?

‘You must try to get rid of the idea that this is Gregor.’

But with the passing of time Gregor also came to understand everything more precisely.

Actually from day to day he perceived things with less and less clarity, even those a short distance away: the hospital across the street, the all too frequent sight of which he had previously cursed, was not visible at all any more.

In any case, no one paid him any attention.

What passage shows Gregor’s reaction after hearing his family discuss their changed
financial situation?

He was filled with sheer anger over the wretched care he was getting, even though he couldn’t imagine anything for which he might have an appetite.

But the extensive dampness made Gregor sick and he lay supine, embittered and immobile on the couch.

Gregor’s wish to see his mother was soon realized.

Gregor went away from the door and threw himself on the cool leather sofa beside the door, for he was quite hot from shame and sorrow.

Which passage best shows Gregor’s role within his family?

Gregor later earned so much money that he was in a position to bear the expenses of the entire family, expenses which he, in fact, did bear.

What the world demands of poor people they now carried out to an extreme degree.

Hardly was he inside his room when the door was pushed shut very quickly, bolted fast, and barred.

Then all three left the apartment together, something they had not done for months now, and took the electric tram into the open air outside the city.

Which passage best shows that Gregor’s identity as a human was being transformed
alongside his physical appearance?

It would not have come as a surprise to Gregor if she had not come in, since his position was preventing her from opening the window immediately

A short time elapsed. Gregor lay there limply.

But he soon drew it back again in disappointment…because the milk, which otherwise was his favorite drink and which his sister had certainly placed there for that reason, did not appeal to him at all.

For the most part what went on now was very quiet.

Which passage shows Gregor’s extreme anxiety about getting to work on time, even though
he is no longer human?

At this point he had nothing to do but wait, and overwhelmed with self ­reproach and worry, he began to creep and crawl over everything; walls, furniture, and ceiling.

Often he lay there all night long. He didn’t sleep a moment and just scratched on the leather for hours at a time.

He told himself again that he couldn’t possibly remain in bed and that it might be the most reasonable thing to sacrifice everything if there was even the slightest hope of getting himself out of bed in the process.

As it was he suffered under it.

Which passages best characterizes Gregor Samsa’s life before he is transformed into a bug?

Once I’ve got together the money to pay off the parents’ debt to him—that should take another five or six years—I’ll do it for sure. Then I’ll make the big break. In any case, right now I have to get up.

Now, Gregor had no practice at all in going backwards; it was really going very slowly.

Why was Gregor the only one condemned to work in a firm where at the slightest lapse someone immediately attracted the greatest suspicion?

Apart from a really excessive drowsiness after the long sleep, Gregor in fact felt quite well and even had a really strong appetite.

Which line shows the literary technique of in media res?

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.

The dreary weather (the rain drops were falling audibly down on the metal window ledge) made him quite melancholy.

The small limbs had firm floor under them; they obeyed perfectly, noticed to his joy, and strove to carry him forward in the direction he wanted.

The father groped his way tottering to his chair and let himself fall in it.

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