What Does the Violin Symbolize in The Metamorphosis?


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In Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis, who in the Samsa household plays the violin?

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1. In Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis, what happens to the music when Gregor, as a beetle, is lured into the living space where his family and some lodgers are?

2. Who lets the violin fall to the ground once Gregor enters the living space in Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Assess your grasp of the violin as a symbol in The Metamorphosis with this quiz/worksheet combo. Key points include the character in the story who plays the violin and the result of Gregor Samsa's musical interests changing once he's turned into an insect.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Answer questions on these key points:

  • One of the characters who can no longer go to the conservatory
  • The person who allows the violin to hit the ground
  • Gregor's change in musical tastes

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the symbol of the violin in The Metamorphosis
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what happens when Gregor's musical interests change
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the violin in the story and its association with Gregor's transformation

Additional Learning

The lesson named 'What Does the Violin Symbolize in The Metamorphosis?' will guide you over the following subject areas:

  • Overview of the story
  • Social status associated with the violin
  • The way in which the violin is used to express emotion
  • Examples of how the violin affected Gregor