The Metamorphosis: The Last Four Pages

At first glance, the final four pages of Franz Kafka's novel The
Metamorphosis seem to be meaningless. This assumption, however, is anything but
the truth. The final four pages, although seeming to be of no importance, serve
to show the reader how the Samsa family changes as a result of the main
character's, Gregor Samsa's, death. The family's changes are best exemplified
in two different scenes: the scene at the kitchen table, and the scene on the
During the scene at the kitchen table, there is a common change among
the family members: their new willingness to do things independently. Their
bold act of writing "letters of excuse" is a clear example of their ...

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on Gregor.
The scene at the kitchen table proves revealing once again when Mr.
Samsa announces that he will fire the cleaning lady (17). By doing so, Mr.
Samsa demonstrates that he has changed and can take responsibility. Grete
(Gregor's sister) and Mrs. Samsa also show that they have changed by not
contesting Mr. Samsa's decision to fire the cleaning lady. In retrospect,
firing the cleaning lady is an additional step towards change from the past.
The second revealing scene is the scene on the trolley. In this scene,
Kafka reveals the family's plans for the future, as well as the significant
changes in Grete. He also emphasizes that leaving the apartment together is
"something they [the family] had not done in months"(58). Demonstrating again
their change to independence. Similarly, the family's plan to buy a "smaller
and cheaper apartment" (58) further proves that they have become independent.
Kafka's remarks pertaining to Grete reveal a different kind of ...

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