A Common Symbolism In Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis

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A common symbol found throughout Metamorphosis is the apple. In a biblical sense, the apple commonly represents the first sin committed by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. After Gregor’s quarrel with his father, an “apple remained imbedded in his flesh as a visible souvenir” (Kafka 38) of the sins of the family. The family itself demonstrates sin through committing several of the seven deadly sins; sloth, greed, wrath and envy. Gregor’s father is an extremely lazy person who is considerably greedy with his money. It can be inferred that the father uses his son to pay off the family debt. Grete, Gregor’s sister, quickly becomes envious of her brother. She has to get a job to support the family, ultimately changing this envy into the wrath

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