The Metamorphosis Final Project

The Metamorphosis Final Project
For this assignment, you will work in groups of 2 or 3. This is a two-part assignment, and both parts of the
assignment should be submitted in one file. That is, if you choose to use PowerPoint, then all parts of the
assignment should be in one PowerPoint presentation. You can use any program you would like to use to
complete this project: Word, PowerPoint, Docs, or Slides. Be sure that you fulfill all of the requirements and list
all group members’ names at the beginning of your project.
Three parts to the assignment:

  1. Passage Exploration (25 points)
  2. Metamorphosis as an Allegory (25 points)
    Passage Exploration (25 POINTS)
  3. Theme
    a. Discuss two themes from the text.
    b. Provide at least two examples of textual evidence to support that theme.
    c. Does that theme contribute to the novella fitting into a specific school of thought: existentialism,
    surrealism, Marxism, etc.?
    d. Some emerging themes:
     isolation/alienation
     familial relationships
     identity
     social class/work
     transformation
  4. Symbolism
    a. Identify three symbols within the text.
    b. Where are these located within the text.
    c. What do these symbols represent?
    d. How do these symbols contribute to the theme of the work?
    Gregor’s Metamorphosis as Allegory (25 points)
    An allegory is a story in which characters, events, and settings symbolize abstract or moral concepts from the
    real world. Using PASSAGES/QUOTES from the text as needed, explain the following allegorical
    connections to The Metamorphosis. In other words, explain how/when these ideas are developed in the text.
    You can copy and paste this table into your presentation or document to make it easier to fill in.
    QUESTION QUOTE FROM BOOK YOUR EXPLANATION
    CONNECTION TO REAL
    WORLD:
    Think of a real-world situation
    that relates to this/these idea(s).
    The isolation of an individual
    results in a spiritual death that
    dehumanizes the lonely person.
    In what ways is Gregor
    “dehumanized” by his
    isolation? What about his life
    leads him to feel isolated?
    Meaningless work or drudgery
    alienates the individual from
    living an authentic, meaningful
    life. Find a quote that describes
    Gregor’s “meaningless work.”
    How does this make him feel?
    In the complicated modern
    world, the search for meaning
    is futile (or pointless).
    Dysfunctional family dynamics
    can destroy an individual. Find
    a quote that demonstrates the
    “dysfunction” of Gregor’s
    family. How does this make
    him feel?
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