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Ch 2: Themes & Symbols in The Metamorphosis

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Review ''The Metamorphosis'' themes and symbols with this comprehensive literature study guide chapter. Inside, you'll find bite-sized lessons and quizzes that can help you study for exams, complete homework assignments, improve your grades and enhance your literary analysis skills.

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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the themes and symbols from The Metamorphosis for a standard literature course. Themes/symbols covered include:

  • Family
  • Isolation and alienation
  • Transformation
  • Modernism
  • Existentialism
  • The door
  • Food
  • Religious symbols
  • The hospital
  • The violin

10 Lessons in Chapter 2: Themes & Symbols in The Metamorphosis
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Family in The Metamorphosis: Theme & Quotes

1. Family in The Metamorphosis: Theme & Quotes

Kafka's 'Metamorphosis' looks at Gregor Samsa's abrupt transformation into a giant insect and how this affects relationships in his family. This lesson looks at the theme of family in 'The Metamorphosis' as well as key quotes.

Isolation & Alienation in The Metamorphosis: Theme & Quotes

2. Isolation & Alienation in The Metamorphosis: Theme & Quotes

Gregor Samsa feels alienated at work and at home in Franz Kafka's ''The Metamorphosis.'' When he suddenly becomes an insect and is of no further use to his family, they vow to get rid of him.

Transformation in The Metamorphosis: Theme & Quotes

3. Transformation in The Metamorphosis: Theme & Quotes

In Franz Kafka's ''The Metamorphosis'', everything in the life of Gregor Samsa undergoes change. In this lesson, you will learn how the stress of Gregor's unfulfilling existence lead to a series of changes in himself and his family.

Modernism in The Metamorphosis: Theme & Quotes

4. Modernism in The Metamorphosis: Theme & Quotes

Modernism was a common theme in stories written between the two World Wars. In this lesson, we will explore modernism in 'The Metamorphosis' by Franz Kafka, including modernist quotes.

Existentialism in The Metamorphosis: Theme & Quotes

5. Existentialism in The Metamorphosis: Theme & Quotes

In this lesson, we will examine the theme of existentialism from Franz Kafka's 'The Metamorphosis.' This is the story of a man who wakes up one day to discover he has transformed into an insect.

Door Symbolism in The Metamorphosis

6. Door Symbolism in The Metamorphosis

A single set of double doors is what separates Gregor Samsa from his family. Gregor hides his secret, that he is a beetle, behind the wooden doors. In Franz Kafka's ''The Metamorphosis,'' the door is a significant portal.

Food Symbolism in The Metamorphosis

7. Food Symbolism in The Metamorphosis

When Gregor Samsa wakes up one day as an insect, he quickly learns that his understanding of food and what food means to him has changed. In Franz Kafka's ''The Metamorphosis,'' food takes center stage as Gregor adapts to his new life.

Religious Symbols in The Metamorphosis

8. Religious Symbols in The Metamorphosis

Objects and events in literature aren't always what they seem. In this lesson you will learn about the religious symbols used in 'The Metamorphosis' by Franz Kafka.

Hospital Symbolism in The Metamorphosis

9. Hospital Symbolism in The Metamorphosis

Gregor Samsa undergoes a transformation in Franz Kafka's novel 'The Metamorphosis.' In this story, the hospital comes to stand for the futility of Gregor's situation and his isolation. Read more to explore quotes and the symbol of the hospital.

What Does the Violin Symbolize in The Metamorphosis?

10. What Does the Violin Symbolize in The Metamorphosis?

An aspiring violinist, Grete Samsa's life changes the moment her brother Gregor, the breadwinner of the family, transforms into a beetle in Franz Kafka's ''Metamorphosis.'' This lesson explains the emotions symbolized by her violin.

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