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A form of creative expression that developed during the twentieth century, representing a radical break with the traditions of the past p.
The story is open-ended and key parts or element are never explained
Fantastic or dreamlike elements
Events blur the boundary between what is real and what is unreal
Themes of alienation
Modernist works often feature isolated characters who experience increasing alienation or disconnection
In what way is the story of "The Metamorphosis" fantastical?
The story revolves around a man transforming into a bug which blurs the boundary of real and unreal
In what ways could Kafka's story be said to be ambiguous?
One way is Kafka never explained how Gregor turned into a bug
Is Gregor Samsa alienated? Explain
Gregor Samsa is alienated. In the story he is isolated in his room by himself.
In what sense could the story be said to be like a dream?
At the end of Part three Gregor woke up as if he was dreaming the entire encounter.
Modernist ideas developed in response to dramatic changes around the world, including the rapid rise of industry, the shift from rural to urban society, and the brutal horrors of World War 1.
The dictionary definition of a word
an idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition to its literal or primary meaning.
Connotation of broken: shattered, smashed, burst
Connotation of smell: stink, odor, stench
Connotation of devastated: upset, heartbroken, distressed
Connotation of elated: ecstatic, pleased, thrilled
Connotation of excruciating: agonizing, intense, terrible
extreme anxiety, sorrow, or pain
strong disinclination, disliking
lacking energy or enthusiasm
the act of making better or improving
suffocation, not being able to breath
painful or laborious effort
is made up of a main verb and one or more helping verbs.
Be am is are was
Being have has had
Could should must may might
Will would do did
In the "Metamorphosis," how does Gregor first react when he discovers that he has become an insect?
Gregor doesn't panic. He stays calm
In the "Metamorphosis," what is the most important reason in Gregor mind for holding onto his job as a travel salesman?
He had to support his family
What is Grete's attitude toward her brother, Gregor, in "the Metamorphosis"?
She is no longer paying attention to him and treats him indifferently.
How do the family members in "the Metamorphosis" justify their decision to get rid of the insect?
They realize they want to go back to their normal lives.
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