Gregor is a young traveling salesman who suddenly transforms into a giant cockroach. Before his transformation, his main concern is providing for his family. He resents the stresses of traveling for work, and dislikes his… (read full character analysis)
Gregor's beloved 17-year-old sister. After the transformation, Grete takes care of Gregor, cleaning his room and bringing him food, at first with great kindness and attention, and then, after some months, quickly and carelessly. She… (read full character analysis)
Gregor's father is mistrustful and unsympathetic towards Gregor after the transformation, though his unkindness may stem from a desire to protect his family. The father's attack with apples causes an injury that bothers Gregor for… (read full character analysis)
Gregor's mother, like Gregor's father, is elderly and sick (she has asthma), but she also returns to work, as an underwear seamstress, when he transforms. Her attitude towards Gregor is both horrified and loving… (read full character analysis)
Gregor's boss at his sales job. The Chief Clerk comes to Gregor's house on the morning of his transformation, to tell him that he hasn't been doing a good job, and leaves in alarm when he sees Gregor's new state.
The servant girl doesn't quit after Gregor's transformation, but always keeps the kitchen door locked when she's in the house. Eventually the family has to lay her off because of financial concerns, and they hire the charwoman instead.
The household cook quits a few days after Gregor's transformation. As a result, Gregor's mother and Grete have to take over the cooking.