The Metamorphosis

Grete Samsa 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 takes on a job as a salesgirl to help support the family. Despite all her helpfulness to Gregor and his deep love of her, after the violin concert fiasco, she is the first to demand that he go.

Grete Samsa Quotes in The Metamorphosis

The The Metamorphosis quotes below are all either spoken by Grete Samsa or refer to Grete Samsa. 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 2 Quotes

"What a quiet life our family has been leading," said Gregor to himself, and as he sat there motionless staring into the darkness he felt great pride in the fact that he had been able to provide such a life for his parents and sister in such a fine flat. But what if all the quiet, the comfort, the contentment were now to end in horror?

Related Characters: Gregor Samsa (speaker), Grete Samsa, Father, Mother
Page Number: 89
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If he could have spoken to her and thanked her for all she had to do for him, he could have borne her ministrations better; as it was, they oppressed him.

Related Characters: Gregor Samsa, Grete Samsa
Page Number: 98
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Section 3 Quotes

We must try to get rid of it. We've tried to look after it and to put up with it as far as is humanly possible, and I don't think anyone could reproach us in the slightest.

Related Characters: Grete Samsa (speaker), Gregor Samsa, Grete Samsa
Page Number: 124
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But how can it be Gregor? If this were Gregor, he would have realized long ago that human beings can't live with such a creature, and he'd have gone away on his own accord.

Related Characters: Grete Samsa (speaker), Gregor Samsa, Grete Samsa
Page Number: 125
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And it was like a confirmation of their new dreams and excellent intentions that at the end of their journey their daughter sprang to her feet first and stretched her young body.

Related Characters: Grete Samsa, Father, Mother
Page Number: 132
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Grete Samsa Character Timeline in The Metamorphosis

The timeline below shows where the character Grete Samsa appears in The Metamorphosis. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Section 1
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...squeaky voice. Gregor's father begins to knock to ask what's wrong, and then his sister Grete asks him if he needs anything and tells him to open the door. Gregor is... (full context)
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...and feels that he should be given a break, especially in front of his family. Grete and Gregor's father tell Gregor that the clerk has arrived. Gregor hears his mother defending... (full context)
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Gregor refuses to open his door for the Chief Clerk, and Grete begins to cry. The clerk calls Gregor "incredibly obstinate" and explains that Gregor's job may... (full context)
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...that a human couldn't have made such noises. Gregor's mother begins to cry, along with Grete, and calls for a doctor. In all the hubbub, Gregor is calm and optimistic that... (full context)
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Gregor notices that his father isn't reading to Grete, though it is a nighttime tradition. Gregor is concerned, but he thinks about how his... (full context)
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In the morning, Grete checks on Gregor, and is still shocked by his state. She notices the uneaten milk... (full context)
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Grete covertly feeds Gregor again in the afternoon, when their father, mother, and the servant girl... (full context)
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...then how they got used to it. Gregor also recalls how he'd hoped to support Grete's future studies in violin at the Conservatorium. Gregor's father decides that he must go back... (full context)
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...sleeping, and his eyesight worsens, so he can barely make out anything outside the window. Grete is both attentive to his desires (leaving the chair by the window for him to... (full context)
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A month after Gregor's transformation, Grete enters to find Gregor on the chair instead of under the couch as usual, and... (full context)
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Gregor's mother and father don't enter with Grete but they are curious about him. After two months, Gregor's mother wants to come in... (full context)
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Grete disagrees with Gregor's mother and they work to remove the chest. Gregor feels agitated by... (full context)
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Grete returns, sees Gregor on the wall, and attempts to get their mother from the room... (full context)
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Gregor's father returns. Grete calls from Gregor's bedroom that Gregor has escaped, and Gregor's father responds that he expected... (full context)
Section 3
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...dinner. The dinners tend to be quiet, as all three family members are now employed, Grete as a salesgirl and Gregor's mother at an underwear manufacturer. Gregor's father is constantly exhausted,... (full context)
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Gregor understands that the stresses on his family have made Grete, his mother and father less attentive to him. His family members spend all day working... (full context)
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...about these people. He sometimes is "filled with rage" because of his family's neglect and Grete's careless cleaning. He barely eats, but Grete doesn't seem to notice. Still, she wants to... (full context)
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...enjoys climbing around the junk. Gregor longingly notices the care with which his mother and Grete feed the lodgers, and the attention that his father lavishes upon them. (full context)
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One night, for the first time since the transformation as far as Gregor knows, Grete begins to play the violin. The lodgers ask her to come play for them in... (full context)
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Gregor wants to come closer so that he can indicate to Grete how much he loves her playing. He imagines that he could be useful to the... (full context)
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...and alert Gregor's father. At first, the lodgers are amused, but then they become concerned. Grete gives the violin to her mother and runs to make the lodgers' beds. Gregor's father... (full context)
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Grete announces that she wants to get rid of "this creature," whom she no longer thinks... (full context)
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Grete again asserts that the cockroach can't understand them and is no longer Gregor: "If this... (full context)
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...weakness. His family watches him go silently, but as soon as he enters his room, Grete shuts and locks the door behind him. In his room, Gregor can't move. He thinks... (full context)
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...him with a broom before realizing that he's died, then she calls to the family. Grete notes how thin Gregor had become. Grete, her mother and father go to the parents'... (full context)
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Grete, her mother and father all write to their bosses to take work off for the... (full context)
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Grete, her mother and father leave the house and take the tram to the countryside. They... (full context)