Conflict In Metamorphosis

In the short story “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka, there are two main kinds of conflict. The first is external conflict, which involves the protagonist against an opposing external force, and can be seen between the main character, Gregor, and his family members. The second, internal conflict, is usually seen as man versus himself, which can be seen in Gregor, his sister, Grete, and the family as a whole. These different conflicts within a story usually lead up to the climax and entice the action of the story to really get going. Franz Kafka suggests that the outcome of the main conflict between Gregor and his family is hopeful for both sides by including the numerous conflicts that ...

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the furniture out, especially since she has “grown accustomed to consider herself an expert in Gregor’s affairs…” (p. 142). It seems as if the conflict is centered on the Samsa women wanting to be the ‘mother figure’ or ‘caretaker’ of Gregor. Due to the fact that Gregor’s mother was so “ill at ease” (p.142) being in his bedroom, the conflict is quickly settled as Mrs. Samsa quietly gives in and starts helping Grete move the chest and other pieces of furniture out of Gregor’s bedroom.
Another situation involving external conflict occurs between Gregor and Grete. Kafka writes that “...she was so startled that without being able to help it she slammed the door shut again. But as if regretting her behavior she opened the door again immediately...” (p. 134). This shows that Grete likely had to fight off some internal conflicts within herself before being able to face the sight of her newly transformed brother. Grete and Gregor were initially fighting about the food Grete was ...

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Gregor’s father has grown to expect Gregor to be the one providing for the family. Both Mr. Samsa and Gregor are frustrated with Gregor’s inability to provide for his family in his current state.
The second conflict between the men of the household occurs when Gregor and his father begin to fight in the kitchen after Gregor decides to venture out of his room. This scares his mother and leads to her fainting at the sight of Gregor. Gregor soon realizes his mistake and flees back towards his bedroom door to show his father that he doesn’t mean any harm. This conflict ends with Gregor’s father trying to hurt him by throwing apples at him. The ongoing dispute between the two of them ...

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Added: 3/19/2011 06:09:35 PM
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