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English Core

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Veronica Eder

on 14 June 2013

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Presented by Veronica Eder
"The Metamorphosis" Connections
The 1910's was a time when people felt constrained in such a restricted society
Lead to rebellion through speakeasy's
The 20's was a release from the past's conformity
Replaced by the pressure to buy their way into social standings
Gatsby's yellow Rolls-Royce
Gatsby throws outrageous parties in order to impress others (Daisy)
This pressure to conform into a the model that the upper class established leads to his isolation
Rarely makes true friends, besides Nick
"1984" by George Orwell
Isolation is a prevalent part of the novel
Conformity within Oceania leads to Winston's isolation and rebellion
Psychological manipulation/ Psychical Control
"Big Brother is watching you" signs
"Junior Spies"
2 minutes of hate
"Physical Jerks"
Skewed sense of reality
Ministry of Truth actually rewrites history
Individuals are NOT allowed to keep records of their past (photographs/ documents)
Memories become fuzzy and unreliable
"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut
George Tooker and Modern Anxieties
"Waiting Room"
Themes of " The Metamorphosis"
"Conformity can lead to isolation and rebellion."
Obvious exhaust from work
Unable to wake to the sound of the alarm
Not surprised by his transformation to a beetle
No time to form strong relationships
Framed picture of the woman
Feels as though he is being pressured by his family and society to be a part of the business world
No respect for earning for the family and paying off their debt
Locks his door every night as a force of habit
Evidence of his Human Life:
Examples after his Transformation:
Isolates himself by hiding under the sheet
Stops all attempts at communication
His alienation and hopelessness is symbolized by the fading hospital
He attempts to stop his mom and sister from taking away his furniture
symbolizes loss of humanity
This novel is Kafka's form of rebellion in his conformist society
Gregor, like Winston, posses a skewed sense of reality
Some critics claim that Gregor did not turn into a beetle
Simply imagined himself as such, so others began to view him that way
Never questions the authority of his parents
"It occurred to him that he might have used the extra money to further pay down the debt his father owed the Director, bringing closer the day that he could quit his job, but the way his father had arranged things was no doubt better" (Kafka 960).
Connection to " The Metamorphosis"
Both these characters never openly question their reality in fear of rebelling the conformist societies they live in, creating this isolation.
Vonnegut attempts to display the dangers of conformity and lack of competition
Amendments 211, 212, 213
Beautiful- masks
Intelligent- listen to earsplitting noises
Graceful and Strong- weights around their neck
Equality achieved, freedom/individual accomplishments lost
Harrison dislikes the conformity of American 2081, so he isolates himself and rebels against it
Connections to "The Metamorphosis"
Harrison, like Gregor, feel the burden of society and the control of their parents
Both are isolated and considered outcasts in their society
Kakfa also wanted to show the limits of sympathy
In the end, we are all alone
Like Harrison, Gregor's family does not feel remorse for his death
Harrison attempts to change society
Gregor attempts to save his furniture, which symbolize humanity
Born: August 5, 1920, Brooklyn, NY
Died: March 27, 2011
Education: Harvard University
Won National Medal of the Arts in 2007
"The Subway"
Famous Pieces:
"Landscape with Figures"
Displays the oppressive nature of the business world
Most are asleep, represent drones that our society creates
Able to create a sinister effect
Minimal environment, repeating shapes
Red glow and shadows
Connections to "The Metamorphosis"
Painting represents the isolation that is created by cubicle jobs
"The Metamorphosis" is an allegory for the drudgery of the business world
"'Oh God,' he thought, 'what a strenuous profession I've choose- traveling day in, day out! The demands of business are far greater on the road than they are at the home office, and I'm burdened with the annoyance of travel besides: the worry about train connections; the irregular, bad meals; a social life limited to the passing acquaintances who never become real friends'" (Kafka 946).
This demanding schedule is symbolized by the alarm clock
Both characters are isolated by their jobs and feel the pressure of society to remain in such a state.
The drones all slave away, they're working overtime,
They serve a faceless queen, they never question why.
Disciples of a God, that neither lives nor breathes, (I won't come back!)
But we have bills to pay, yeah we have mouths to feed! (I won't come back!)
I won't come back!
And if you see me, please just walk on by, walk on by.
Forget my name and I'll forget it too.
Failed attempts at living simple lives, simple lives
Are what keep me coming back to you.
"Drones" by Rise Against
No one questions drudgery of this society
"Drones" refer to people who do menial, tedious work
Must continue to work for their families
Connections to "The Metamorphosis"
Gregor feels the pressure from his family to continue working on such a demanding schedule
He is under the impression they are in desperate need of money
"Faceless Queen" might be of equal status to the owner of the company Gregor works for
No one really knows their true employer anymore (large businesses)
Never question the authority of these people
"Failed attempts at living simple lives"
Begs the question, what are they working for?
Both writers describe a society that turn people into drones, tediously working away on pointless jobs. No one questions the work force and simply follows the path that everyone else has taken.
Connections to "The Metamorphosis"
“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” —Nick Carraway
"The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This quote specifically relates to "The Metamorphosis" because Gregor, like Gatsby, had no control of his life
Both characters felt the pressure from society to do something that does not make them happy
Skewed versions of reality which lead them to believe there is hope for the future
Believe that their "isolation" is only temporary
Gatsby has faith that Daisy and him will meet again
Gregor has faith that he will pay off his parents' debt in the next five years, then he will make him big break
Both characters display the theme that conformity can lead to isolation or rebellion.

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"SparkNotes: 1984: Important Quotations Explained." SparkNotes: Today's Most Popular Study Guides. Web. 7 June 2013. <http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/1984/quotes.html#explanation1>.

"SparkNotes: Harrison Bergeron: Themes, Motifs, and Symbols." SparkNotes: Today's Most Popular Study Guides. Web. 7 June 2013. <http://www.sparknotes.com/short-stories/harrison-bergeron/themes.html>.
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