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Existentialism in The Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka.

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1 Existentialism in The Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka

2 Existential Precepts 0 The universe is indifferent 0 No one cares 0 !!! 0 Individuals have complete freedom of choice 0 Those choices have consequences 0 Human existence cannot be explained 0 Why am I here? = Who knows? 0 Individual isolation is a fact of life 0 Truth is determined by personal convictions (No Golden Rule, No Ten Commandments, etc.)

3 Questions that point toward the Existentialist Reading 0 In the course of the story, what choices does Gregor make? 0 What are the consequences of those choices? 0 Beyond Gregor, which of the other characters is transformed in the course of the story? 0 What defines the nature of the relationships in the family? 0 As you finish reading, ponder the point of Gregor’s existence (think both positively and realistically here).

4 Themes/Symbols 0 Recurrence of #3 0 Gregor’s room as a symbol… 0 Consider the progressive changes 0 Furnishings 0 Cleaning 0 “Closet” / storage room for discarded items 0 The apartment as a symbol… 0 Work as a symbol… 0 Does the story have a moral? 0 What else?


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