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The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis


by Franz Kafka

The Metamorphosis Characters

Meet the Cast

Gregor Samsa

Peter Parker's Less Fortunate CousinLet's take a look at two ordinary young men. Both of them are hardly chick magnets. Neither of them is particularly witty, rich, or hunky—in fact, they're kind...

Grete Samsa

A Totally Different Kind of MetamorphosisThe first time Grete, Gregor's sister, appears in the story, we don't see her. Like the other family members, she's just a voice behind a wall, trying to ge...

Mr. Samsa

Daddy IssuesMr. Samsa, Gregor's father, looms as a domineering figure in the novel. With Gregor incapacitated, Mr. Samsa can no longer malinger as a helpless invalid, and he resumes his place as he...

Mrs. Samsa

Mrs. Samsa is the sympathetic yin to Mr. Samsa's domineering yang. She's constantly proclaiming her maternal love for her poor, poor son Gregor—she even throws herself on Mr. Samsa to beg for Gre...

The Cleaning Woman

The cleaning woman seems to be a relatively minor character in the novel. In Part Three she comes sweeping in, taking a job that no one else wants. The story doesn't give us much of a description o...

The Middle Boarder

The middle boarder appears to be the leader of the three boarders who room at the Samsas' home. He's called the middle boarder because he stands in the middle when he first speaks, but oddly enough...

The Other Two Boarders

The other two boarders don't do much except nod and follow the middle boarder's lead. They're the Oates to his Hall, the Garfunkel to his Simon, the other two Supremes to his Diana Ross.

The Office Manager

The office manager makes a brief appearance in the beginning of the story. He's really only in the story so that we can hear some of the rumors about Gregor's misbehavior and his possible misuse of...

The Maid

Before the cleaning woman arrives, the Samsas have a maid, a frightened young woman who spends most of the time locked in the kitchen. (We can't blame her.)