Door Symbolism in The Metamorphosis


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In Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis, what keeps Gregor Samsa's family from seeing that he has turned into a beetle?

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1. In Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis, why does Gregor have difficulty exiting through the doors when only one of the double doors is open?

2. In the morning that Gregor Samsa turns into a beetle in Franz Kafka's The Metamophosis, how does he get his bedroom door unlocked?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Evaluate what you know about the symbolism of the doors in Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis. Answer questions on key topics like the reason Gregor Samsa's family doesn't see that he's turned into a beetle and the trouble he has with getting through a door.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Multiple-choice questions will test your knowledge of the following:

  • Gregor's way of unlocking the door
  • His interpretation of the door opening and closing again
  • The way his family uses the door to communicate

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the symbolism of the door in The Metamorphosis
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the way Gregor unlocks the door after he's been transformed into a beetle
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the door in the story to explain how it lets the family communicate with Gregor

Additional Learning

The door plays a significant role in this famous novella. Feel free to learn more with the lesson titled Door Symbolism in The Metamorphosis, which will discuss the following:

  • Gregor's preference for privacy behind his bedroom door
  • The moment in the story when Gregor's secret is revealed
  • His observances through the door once he's a beetle