The Metamorphosis

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The lodgers Character Analysis

Several months after Gregor's transformation, the family takes on three lodgers, to whom they provide room and board. Gregor resents the lodgers for the attention they receive from the family, and for their lack of appreciation of Grete's violin playing. The lodgers always move as a unit in the story, though "the middle lodger" is the most decisive. After Gregor shows himself at Grete's concert, the middle lodger declares that he won't pay for the Samsas' services, and the other two lodgers follow suit.

The lodgers Quotes in The Metamorphosis

The The Metamorphosis quotes below are all either spoken by The lodgers or refer to The lodgers. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Schocken Books edition of The Metamorphosis published in 1995.
Section 3 Quotes

"I'm hungry enough," said Gregor sadly to himself, "but not for that kind of food. How these lodgers are stuffing themselves, and here I am dying of starvation!"

Related Characters: Gregor Samsa (speaker), Gregor Samsa, The lodgers
Page Number: 119
Explanation and Analysis:

Gregor watches how his family carefully looks after the feeding and well-being of the lodgers that they have taken on. Another stage in the family's development has taken place: while initially Gregor provided financially for the family, they were then forced to take care of Gregor. Now, with Gregor transformed, the family has replaced Gregor as a dependent with lodgers who can pay them.

Gregor contrasts his own sorry state with that of the lodgers, even though what they are given to eat no longer appeals to him. Gregor has slipped further into the habits and desires of the body he inhabits. At the same time, however, his mind continues, through memory, to connect his past with his present, as he is able to recognize how much his family's attitude towards him has changed.

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The lodgers Character Timeline in The Metamorphosis

The timeline below shows where the character The lodgers appears in The Metamorphosis. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Section 3
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The family takes on three lodgers to supplement their income. To make things comfortable for the lodgers, the family dumps clutter... (full context)
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...since the transformation as far as Gregor knows, Grete begins to play the violin. The lodgers ask her to come play for them in the living room. Gregor's mother and father... (full context)
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...prided himself on being considerate." No one notices as he crawls closer and closer. The lodgers seem bored but polite, yet Gregor profoundly feels the beauty of the music. He wonders,... (full context)
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The lodgers notice Gregor and alert Gregor's father. At first, the lodgers are amused, but then they... (full context)
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One of the lodgers announces that, because of "disgusting conditions," he will not pay the family, and that he... (full context)
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...on his own accord." She blames Gregor not just for destroying their relationship with the lodgers, but for wanting to drive them out of their house. As Gregor attempts to turn... (full context)
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The lodgers come out confused that there's no breakfast available, but the charwoman shows them to Gregor's... (full context)