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The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis

by Franz Kafka

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Leaning back comfortably in their seats, they discussed their prospects for the time to come, and it seemed on closer examination that these weren't bad at all […] Growing quieter and communicating almost unconsciously through glances, [Mr. and Mrs. Samsa] thought that it would soon be time, too, to find her a good husband. And it was like a confirmation of their new dreams and good intentions when at the end of the ride their daughter got up first and stretched her young body. (3.38)

With Gregor's death, the Samsas appear to be a "normal" family out for a trip to the country. Mr. and Mrs. Samsa's observation that Grete is reaching a marriageable age suggests that, with Grete, a new family will emerge. Of course, given the trajectory of the entire story, one wonders if this new family will be just as dysfunctional as the Samsas.

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