Figurative Language in The Metamorphosis


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In Franz Kafka's ''The Metamorphosis,'' Gregor Samsa is himself a metaphor. What does he represent?

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1. Which of the following is NOT figurative language used to describe Gregor Samsa's feelings in Franz Kafka's ''The Metamorphosis''?

2. What is figurative language?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Metamorphosis is a strange tale with plenty of figurative language used by Franz Kafka. Test what you know about the writing style in this novella with questions on key topics like the metaphor associated with Gregor's character and the way his personality is described with figurative language.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be responsible for answering questions on these points:

  • Definition of figurative language
  • Symbolism of the doors
  • The metaphor of elasticity

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the figurative language in The Metamorphosis, like how Gregor himself is a metaphor
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the metaphor of the doors in the story
  • Making connections - use your understanding of figurative language to identify some words used to describe Gregor's feelings

Additional Learning

For more on the language in this famous novella, consider the lesson titled Figurative Language in The Metamorphosis. You'll be covering the following subjects:

  • Overview of the story and Gregor's transformation
  • The initial reactions to his change
  • Gregor's inability to communicate properly
  • Gregor's short-lived hope