The Metamorphosis

What does the after-dinner scene in the third paragraph reveal about the family’s relationship with and attitude toward Gregor?


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After dinner, his father falls asleep while in his armchair while still wearing his uniform, which has become dirty. His mother sows and his sister, who has taken a job as a salesgirl, studies French and shorthand. Every night Grete and her mother struggle to get the father into bed.

Everyone is too tired to care much about Gregor. They let the servant girl go and instead hire on a charwoman to come in twice a day and do the difficult work.Every evening Grete sits with her mother and they close the door of Gregor's room. This represents the fact that Gregor's family is no longer wanting to deal with Gregor, they are moving on like he doesn't exist.