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Comparing and contrasting the protagonists' course of life in the texts Metamorphosis and Eugenie Grandet

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Comparing and contrasting the protagonists' course of life that was influenced by their relationships with money-minded characters in the texts Metamorphosis and Eugenie Grandet. From: Harsh Kothari To: Mrs. Monty Eugenie Grandet by Honore De Balzac and Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka are stories that reflect upon the relationships of simplistic protagonists, and their relations with money-minded people. Both protagonists (Gregor from Metamorphosis and Eugenie from Eugenie Grandet) are affected by the actions of their greedy relatives that influences the course their entire lives. Eugenie starts off living with her miserly, yet wealthy father, Felix Grandet. The author of the novel narrates, "It is true that he handed on his old shoes to her (for they fitted), but the quarterly reversion of Grandet's shoes could not possibly considered a present, they were so worn."(pg.53). This quotation portrays how miserly such a wealthy man could be. In fact, though he Monsieur Grandet is so rich, he and his family are surviving with just the basic needs of human survival, and so a wealthy man of France was living without luxuries just to save more money. ...read more.

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Ironically Grandet finances Charles' initial steps by giving away her precious 'coin box' to Charles. He then returns after seven years and takes more money from Eugenie, just so that he can marry another wealthy girl, leaving his beloved in solitary, and Eugenie supports him out of the love she has for him. Both protagonists lose their most loved ones, simply because their loved ones run away from their emotional attachment because of materialistic attachments. In both texts the protagonists are the ones affected by the greed of others. In Metamorphosis, Gregor was taken care of and was respected by his family, as long as he had the capacity to earn for them, and when Gregor would not earn money but still needed the support and attention of his family, the greed of the family makes them drift away from Gregor's repellent appearance. In Eugenie Grandet, Monsieur Grandet wants his daughter married off to Monsieur Guchot de Bofone or Adolphe des Grassine. The only purpose of him to see his daughter married to people whom she does not even love is to see money flowing into his household. ...read more.

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Gregor works all his life for his family, and hardly ever thinks of himself. He sacrifices all his luxuries and opportunities in order to clear his family's debt so that they can live peacefully and in comfort. But doing all that paid him back nothing but seclusion in his tiny bedroom. Similarly Eugenie sacrificed a lot of her wealth for Charles so that Charles can have the opportunity to succeed in life and so that he can marry the woman of his choice, even though she dearly loves him. Not only that, when Eugenie was the owner of all the wealth of her father left for her, she gave away a lot of her wealth to charity, and let herself live with just the basics of survival. Both characters (Gregor and Eugenie) are the only ones to have humane emotional feelings, but the selfish and corrupt society around them ended up leaving the two protagonists to die alone. Finally, Eugenie Grandet and Metamorphosis are stories that illustrate the relationships of simplistic protagonists, and their relations with gluttonous people. Both protagonists (Gregor from Metamorphosis and Eugenie from Eugenie Grandet) are affected by the actions of their relatives that shape their entire lives. ...read more.

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