Kafka's Metamorphosis toys with the traditional family structure where the father is at the head. Instead, the story begins with Gregor, the son, as the sole provider and the father as a weak, physically debilitated dependent, on par with the mother and daughter. Mr. Samsa returns to his position as the patriarch of the family as he asserts his power more and more aggressively in his efforts to control Gregor. Yet the novella questions the traditional family structure by showing the Samsas turning their backs on their duty to Gregor as a member of their family. How "natural" is the family bond if the family bond is so easy to ignore when things get tough?
With Gregor's transformation into a bug, the rest of the Samsas return to their traditional family roles.
Kafka's The Metamorphosis satirizes traditional family structures by showing how easily the Samsas dispose of their responsibility to Gregor, who, despite his transformation, remains a member of the family.