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The Metamorphosis | Study Guide

Franz Kafka

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Course Hero Literature Instructor Russell Jaffe explains the main characters in Franz Kafka's novella The Metamorphosis.

The Metamorphosis | Characters

Character Description
Gregor Samsa Gregor, the protagonist of the story and a traveling salesman, awakens one morning to discover he has transformed into a bug. Read More
Grete Samsa Gregor's teenage sister and a gifted violinist, Grete takes care of her brother after his transformation but later grows frustrated by the toll it takes on the family. Read More
Mr. Samsa Mr. Samsa, Gregor's father, lashes out at and injures his son when he learns he has become a bug. Read More
Mrs. Samsa Mrs. Samsa, Gregor's mother, struggles between the love she feels for her son and her repulsion at his new form. Read More
Anna Horrified by Gregor, the Samsas' maid quits.
Charwoman The cleaning woman replaces the Samsas' maid and is eager to help Gregor and his family.
Middle Boarder The lead boarder, who speaks for the trio of boarders, pays money to live in the Samsa house, expects cleanliness, and challenges Mr. Samsa as the head of household.
Office Manager The office manager, Gregor's boss, visits the Samsa home to find out why his employee misses his train and is late for work.
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