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way he was now completely covered up…” Gregor was willing to go through four tedious hours of work to make sure his sister could not see him. Toward the end of the story, when Gregor could no longer get around, he “…spent the days and nights almost entirely without sleep. Sometimes he thought that the next time the door opened he would take charge of the family’s affairs again, just as he had done in the old days…” Even up to the point where Gregor is dying, his thoughts were still on his family. Maybe since Gregor had only worried about their wants and needs for so long, he was not used to thinking about himself. Maybe he knew no other way to live life. In the beginning of the story Gregor’s sister had been the one to feed him and to clean his room. But as the

story goes on “…his sister…hurriedly shoved any old food into Gregor’s room…the cleaning up of Gregor’s room…could not be done more hastily…” So as the story continues, his sister, who had once been so kind and thoughtful, “…had gotten fed up with taking care of Gregor.” After everything Gregor had ever done for her, she could not take the time to care for him. She didn’t even think of him as her brother, Gregor, just as a man sized insect. Often she refers to Gregor as “it”, she says “I won’t pronounce the name of my brother in front of this monster, and so all I say is: we have to try to get rid of it. We’ve done everything 1 humanly possible to take care of it and to put up with it; I don’t think anyone can blame us in the least.” So

instead of trying to cope with the insect, that was once her brother, she deems it necessary to get rid of it. Grete, Gregor’s sister, proves herself to be selfish and uncaring at the end of the story, whereas Gregor still remains selfless. In Gregor’s last few minutes of life, “He thought back on his family with deep emotion and love.” It seemed that Gregor’s love was only received and not returned. He did everything possible to provide for his family. When there was nothing more He could physically do for his family, he still worried about their well-being. His family only worried about themselves and how they would be effected because of Gregor’s transformation. They never considered what would happen to Gregor, or even why it happened to him. They just went on

with their lives. Gregor was a very self-sacrificing person and insect. His concern and love for his family never changed even though he did, and he proved that until the day he died. It seems he could have died from a broken heart and a broken home.