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Figurative Language and Symbolism in The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

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Mary Hess

on 11 April 2011

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Transcript of Figurative Language and Symbolism in The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Various uses of figurative language Symbolism Figurative
Language and
symbolism in The
by Franz
Kafka The insect/vermin
that Gregor has become
can represent many things. 1. Drone worker in a capitalist government. 2. Represents Gregor's place in his family (shows the
essence of his being) 3. Insects are filthy, insignificant creatures. They
are not desired by society. the transformation itself literal or figurative? does it matter? 4. Type of insect never specified. It is assumed
that the type does not matter. The picture frame
in his bedroom can
represent multiple things 1. The woman pictured must represnt a woman
that he cares for or has a special attachment to, since he wouldn't let his family take the portrait away. 2. Essentially, this portrait is the only object in the novel
suggesting that Gregor once had a life outside of work 3. He keeps emotional attachments to this photograph
even after his transformation - gives away Gregor's humanity even as an insect novel never gives any intimating info Kafka's realist style Makes the storyline seem real,
as if there is nothing out of the ordinary
with Gregor's transformation - questions the reality of the transformation - descriptive 5. Animal=ultimate freedom from society extended metaphor -entire novella could be seen as an extended metaphor-as the transition from the provider of the family into an essentially useless being brought on by resentment and guilt. -perhaps what he wanted? Point of View third person limited - shows internal thought processes of
Gregor throughout his transformation Impact--Makes Gregor's own reality more pronounced and vital than the actual reality of the situations among him Gregor's father hard, cold, dominant Very autobiographical Other References Religious - many see Gregor's sacrifice and transformation
similar to that of Jesus's The Number Three Common number in novel
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