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Character Role Analysis

Grete to Gregor

The similarities between Grete and Gregor's name suggest that they are more than just siblings—they are doubles who must duke it out for the status of favored offspring. As Gregor's status in the family declines, Grete comes into her own as a self-sufficient, mature young woman. While Gregor failed in finding a spouse, the parents have high hopes for Grete's marriage and the continuation of the family line.