Samsa, a traveling salesman, wakes up in his bed to find himself transformed
into a large insect. He looks around his room, which appears normal, and
decides to go back to sleep to forget about what has happened. He attempts to
roll over, only to discover that he cannot due to his new body-he is stuck on
his hard, convex back. He tries to scratch an itch on his stomach, but when
he touches himself with one of his many new legs, he is disgusted. He
reflects on how dreary life as a traveling salesman is and how he would quit
if his parents and sister did not depend so much on his income. He turns to
the clock and sees that he has overslept and missed his train to work.
remains the human faculties of thinking and feeling. He is held prisoner
hidden in his room by his parents.
Gregor's sister Grete tells
her parents that they must get rid of Gregor or they will all be ruined. Her
father agrees, wishing Gregor could understand them and would leave of his own
accord. Gregor does in fact understand and slowly moves back to the bedroom.
There, determined to rescue his family of his presence, Gregor dies.