The Metamorphosis: Patriarchy


(Although most cultures cannot be generalized with certain
behaviours, however, certain Japanese traditions and values are common to
all their people and is taught to them from a very early age. The practice
of having the son of a family to look after his parents, as mentioned later,
is common to both Japanese and Chinese cultures.)
In our studies of European literature, we can see that patriarchy,
that is, the supremacy of the father in a family and the reckoning of
descent and inheritance in the male line, plays a major part in family
life. However, the institution of patriarchy is not just limited to
European cultures. In this essay, we will examine the instances of
patriarchy in "The ...

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family who actually goes out to earn money. His father has
already retired, while his mother and sister, following the standards of
that time, do not go out and work. Gregor is the only one who goes out as
a traveling salesman, and is responsible for earning money for the whole
family. His father stays at home and only "lies wearily buried in
bed"(1778) while Gregor goes out on business trips. From this, we can see
that Gregor has taken over his father's responsibilities as head of the
household. He is earning money and supporting the family while his father
has retired and only stays at home, doing nothing. This conforms with the
practice of patriarchy in that the son, Gregor in this case, inherits the
position and responsibilitles as head of this household from his father.
In Japan, the son of a family is expected to take over the
responsibilities of taking care of his family when his father retires,
similar to how Gregor takes over in his family. The son is also expected
to look ...

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