“Although Gregor kept telling himself that nothing extraordinary was happening, just a few sticks of furniture being shifted about, he was soon forced to admit that all this coming and going on the part of the women, their little exclamations, the furniture scraping against the floor had the combined effect of a tumultuous hubbub intensifying all around him, and no matter how tightly he drew his head and legs in and pressed his body against the floor, he soon was forced to consider that he would not be able to endure this much longer.” The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka, page 76
In this story by Franz Kafka, we see a well-abled family who has the ability to work, but have become totally dependent on their son/brother Gregor as the breadwinner for the family. When he wakes up to the surprise that he has become a large insect overnight, he becomes a worthless individual to his family, who are upset and start to neglect him because he can no longer work and take care of the bills. It is easy to see that they have not appreciated all he has done for them by their reaction to this unfortunate event.
In the passage above, after living in his room, his sister Grete realizes that he is covering the furniture with a grimy substance and makes an executive decision to remove the furniture out of his room. My problem with her decision is simply that she didn’t get permission from Gregor, but immediately starts assessing the situation to take action to resolve this issue. She knows she can’t do it alone and gets her mom to assist her with this rearrangement. Gregor doesn’t like the idea, but he can’t speak up for himself and instead hides under a settee watching his mother and sister. This is comparable to how some people in society treat disabled members of their family. It is usually those who are responsible to be their caretaker who takes matters into their own hands before asking to see if this is okay with the person living in the situation. They strip the individual of their power because they know that they are a necessity in their life. Unlike some people, although Gregor can’t physically stop them from removing this furniture he climbs on the wall knowing that this will scare his mother to see him. The noise also seems to be causing Gregor an immense amount of pain. It says that, “he drew his head and legs in and pressed his body against the floor. In this moment the signs are there that the situation in unbearable for him. This is similar to disabled people as well. I think they try to send a message, but often times they are overlooked or purposely ignored. In that moment they have to find a way to send a message or shout without using words. Gregor uses his appearance to put a hault on the action. He is shocked when his mother passes out, but it was the only way he knew how to get their attention.