Are Mr. and Mrs. Samsa good parents? While having a child mysteriously turn into a bug overnight is a tricky situation for any parent, I feel as if the Samsa’s could have handled Gregor’s situation better. They don’t give him the food he needs, totally isolate him from his humanity and pelt apples at him. Until he dies.
This is Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Maslow was a psychologist in the 1940’s. According to all the needs humans need, Gregor is missing a lot. Gregor has bad health, no job, no property, no caring family or social stability, no friends, no sense of connection… the list goes on. As a bug, Gregor meets six to eight (depending on how you qualify his experiences) out of twenty-five needs on the table. When I looked at this chart and compared it with Gregor, I realized how miserable his buggy life was.
Upon reading the end of The Metamorphosis, it seemed as if the Samsa family moved on from Gregor’s death so quickly. They seemed almost relieved Gregor was not a nuisance in their life anymore and immediately started thinking of a marriage for Grete. It makes me wonder what sort of a relationship they had with Gregor before he died. I do not think their familial bonds were very strong. I feel as if they only really cared about Gregor when he could work and provide for them. I would enjoy reading a prequel or a sequel to The Metamorphosis to learn about what life was like before Gregor became a bug and what the Samsa’s did after his death.