At the beginning of Part 2, she leaves milk and bread for him, showing sympathy and consideration for him after his transformation, particularly as milk was one of his favorite foods when he was human.When she sees he hasn’t drank the milk, she goes so far as to leave a tray of various foods out in order to discover what he now likes.
This shift is most evident through Gregor’s description of the father’s uniform, which gives the father an air of dignity: Gregor notices the “smart blue uniform with gold buttons,” and thinks the father looks to be “in fine shape,” suggesting the father’s self-respect has been restored, and with it Gregor’s respect for him.
As the story continues, however, the father again declines—apparently from the pressure of living with Gregor—and in the evenings Gregor watches him sleep in his uniform, now dirty and covered with grease spots.
I think the most straight forward one would be the preservation of life.
Sharing food with others could very well be an archetypal motif of the group inter-relativeness, the quintessential, core group being one’s closest kinship, the family.
At the most deepest and transversal level, regardless of cultural background or other social factors, all of us humans share the same symbols: the mother, the father, the child, the god, the devil, the wise old man, the wise old woman, the hero, the trickster.
Jung does not, as far as my knowledge goes, investigate symbols related to food.Attempting to summarize it will surely be a failure; a long, explanatory paragraph recapping the book would not be enough.I’ll just leave the esteemed reader with the first sentence: “.” Metamorhposis is a Greek word, which literal translation is change of shape.The content of the picture is irrelevant at that moment.It acts foremost as a reminder that a human lived there and chose that object to frame and display.I don’t know if Kafka has relied on food symbols throughout his story, but I chose to find and analyze them.In this article I will, however, try to expose the symbolism of of food in the metamorphosis, as well as the connection between food and one’s humanity. Kafka wrote Metamorphosis in 1912; the story was first published in 1915.As a result, the dignity the uniform conveyed to the father deteriorates, and Gregor again looks at him with pity.(Notably, there is also a picture in the house of Gregor in uniform.It looked a bit like a snake, rather than a beast and the elites were not enjoying it. It is a strong symbol in Christianity, however, it doesn’t bare much significance in Islamic culture.Still, some food symbols are shared by us all: think of the mother’s milk.