Hospital Symbolism in The Metamorphosis


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How did the hospital across from Gregor Samsa's room in The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka represent futility?

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1. How did the hospital across from Gregor Samsa's room in The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka represent isolation?

2. In The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, what is ironic about Gregor's feeling of isolation in his room?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help you assess your understanding of the symbolism used in The Metamorphosis. Answer questions on topics like a place that's just outside Gregor Samsa's bedroom window and a sense of futility that comes from Gregor's situation in the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be quizzed on these key points:

  • Isolation felt by Gregor
  • The irony of being isolated in his own room
  • Gregor's increasing sense of feeling trapped

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the symbolism of the hospital in The Metamorphosis
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the reason Gregor feels a sense of futility about his transformation
  • Making connections - use your understanding of Gregor's room to explain the irony in his feeling of isolation

Additional Learning

You can learn more about the symbolism in the novella with the lesson called Hospital Symbolism in The Metamorphosis. Here are the topics you'll be exploring throughout the lesson:

  • Gregor's first interactions with other characters as an insect
  • His inability to access a way of healing himself
  • Different ways Gregor begins to feel isolated