Essay submitted by Anonymous
Gregor was the most unselfish person in The Metamorphosis. This characteristic shows
with his dedication to his work. He was the only family member with a job, believing he
Sacrificing his social life for his work, he had no friends at work, and never went out at
night. His only hobby was fretwork, sitting alone in his room. The only person he was
ever intimate with was his sister Grete.
His devotion to his work was remarkable. In all of the five years he had worked for his
father’s creditor, he had never once been absent. Always ready to go out on his rounds
as early as possible, he never took advantage of time for a break. By the time he got
back, the other employees were still eating breakfast.
Under the belief that he was the sole provider for the family, Gregor took up a job with
his father’s creditor, before even consulting his family. They, at the time, were of
course impressed. The flat they were living in was chosen by Gregor. Making enough
money, he hired a cook and servant. He was even thinking of sending Grete to the
conservatorium to further enhance what he believed to be musical talents.
Even after his metamorphosis, he never asked for much. Showing his concern for
others’ wellbeing, he hid under the couch so as not to disgust anyone by his sight.
Although they brought him food everyday, he barely ate any of it. He even wished he
were not such a burden on the family, and that he could have transformed back into
All of the actions mentioned above displayed Gregor’s unselfishness. After his
metamorphosis, nobody indicated they were grateful for what he had done. After his
first absence, the chief clerk himself appeared at Gregor’s house to see what was the
matter. When Gregor did not open his door, the chief clerk accused him of stealing the
company’s funds, and degraded him in front of his parents as being insubordinate. After
the transformation, Gregor’s father gave little or no love or support. Instead, he had
hurt Gregor many times while ushering Gregor back into the room. Grete and her mother
do, for some time, show a little support. After having Gregor around for a while however
Grete asserted that they should somehow get rid of him. At this point, Gregor realized
that his family no longer loves him, and gave up on life.
Although Gregor did aid his family in a critical time of need, they hardly acknowledged
this fact after his transformation. They never even tried to understand him. For the
past five years, he provided for his family, and when he needed them, they did not
care. After his metamorphosis, they all got jobs, something Gregor thought they were
incapable of. After his death, they moved out of the flat, which was too expensive for
them, leaving all of their memories, starting anew without him.