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The Metamorphosis

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Gregor's uniform

METAMO-GA195Y

After the manager's retreat, Gregor notices a picture hanging on the wall: "On the wall directly opposite hung a photograph of Gregor from his army days in a lieutenant's uniform, his hand on his sword, a carefree smile on his lips, demanding respect for his bearing and his rank."

The picture symbolizes

A

Gregor's ambivalence about his future

B

Gregor's surprise at his current state

C

The degree of Gregor's decline

D

Gregor's regret for the brevity of his time outside his room

E

The sense of timelessness in that moment