Ch 3: Literary Devices in The Metamorphosis

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Use the entertaining lessons in this self-paced chapter to strengthen your knowledge of ''The Metamorphosis.'' If you're studying for a test or working on an assignment, our mini quizzes and practice exam can quickly and effectively assess your comprehension of the novella's literary devices.

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This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about The Metamorphosis literary devices for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Verbal, situational and dramatic irony in The Metamorphosis
  • Tone, point of view and imagery in the novella
  • Figurative language, allegory, metaphor and surrealism in The Metamorphosis
  • Personification examples in the novella
  • Use of ''gallows humor'' in the story

12 Lessons in Chapter 3: Literary Devices in The Metamorphosis
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Verbal Irony in The Metamorphosis: Examples & Quotes

1. Verbal Irony in The Metamorphosis: Examples & Quotes

If you've ever heard someone being sarcastic, then you've experienced verbal irony! In this lesson we look at examples of verbal irony in Franz Kafka's story, ''The Metamorphosis.''

Situational Irony in The Metamorphosis: Examples & Quotes

2. Situational Irony in The Metamorphosis: Examples & Quotes

In this lesson, you will learn about situational irony. In particular, we'll take a look at examples and quotes related to situational irony in Franz Kafka's novella, 'The Metamorphosis.'

Dramatic Irony in The Metamorphosis: Examples & Quotes

3. Dramatic Irony in The Metamorphosis: Examples & Quotes

Franz Kafka's ''The Metamorphosis'' uses a lot of dramatic irony throughout the story. In this lesson, we explore some examples of it through Gregor's transformation into a giant insect.

Tone in The Metamorphosis

4. Tone in The Metamorphosis

The tone in Franz Kafka's 'The Metamorphosis' is unexpected based on the events in the story. In this lesson, we will explore the tone in this story and explore what this tone reveals about the story's meaning.

Point of View in The Metamorphosis

5. Point of View in The Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis tells the story of a traveling salesman waking up to find he has become an insect. The third-person limited perspective allows readers to get in the character's head and see what happens outside his room.

Imagery in The Metamorphosis: Examples & Quotes

6. Imagery in The Metamorphosis: Examples & Quotes

Imagine taking on an animal's form and having life change unexpectedly. Gregor Samsa could empathize, as one morning, he wakes up as a beetle in Franz Kafka's ''The Metamorphosis.'' Imagery abounds through Gregor's beady beetle eyes.

Allegory in The Metamorphosis

7. Allegory in The Metamorphosis

Stories can sometimes have deeper meanings beyond what is literally written. These stories are called allegories. In this lesson you'll learn about allegory as it appears in 'The Metamorphosis' by Franz Kafka.

Figurative Language in The Metamorphosis

8. Figurative Language in The Metamorphosis

Waking up as a cockroach is terrifying for Gregor Samsa. This lesson will explain how author Franz Kafka uses figurative language to illustrate Gregor's story of imprisonment and isolation.

Metaphor in The Metamorphosis

9. Metaphor in The Metamorphosis

In Franz Kafka's ''The Metamorphosis'', Gregor Samsa's change into an insect serves as an extended metaphor. In this lesson, you will learn about others and how the author uses metaphor to present a story of circumstances reducing a person to one of the lowest forms of life.

Examples of Personification in The Metamorphosis

10. Examples of Personification in The Metamorphosis

Few stories give an animal human traits to the same degree as 'The Metamorphosis' by Franz Kafka. In this lesson we will explore Kafka's use of personification in the story.

Surrealism in The Metamorphosis

11. Surrealism in The Metamorphosis

Gregor Samsa turns into an insect in Franz Kafka's ''The Metamorphosis'', but this event is only the beginning of the incredible occurrences in this classic work of surrealistic literature.

Gallows Humor in The Metamorphosis

12. Gallows Humor in The Metamorphosis

Kafka's 'Metamorphosis' has several scenes that can strike the reader as funny in a decidedly dark way. This lesson looks at and analyzes such dark comedic scenes in the context of the greater work.

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