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Metamorphosis and Hunger Artist are explained

The Metamorphosis is examined in terms of these questions:

1. In the Metamorphosis, do you feel that Mr. Samsa respected Gregor for being the sole provider within their household.

2. Does Gregor hunger for a relationship with Grete?

3. Does society reject Gregor and if so how?

4. Did Gregor try to reduce his family's materialistic way of life?

The Hunger Artist

5. In "The Hunger Artist" does the hunger artist suffer to gain understanding from others?

6. What does the Hunger Artist's hunger represent?

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1. In the "Metamorphosis," do you feel that Mr. Samsa respected Gregor for being the sole provider within their household?

Mr. Samsa does not respect Gregor for his role as sole provider within the household. Although Gregor sacrifices his social life in an attempt to fully embody a selfless work ethic and offer his family a better standards of living before his transformation, Mr. Samsa does not express any true gratitude toward Gregor. He also does not show evidence of real love or affection toward Gregor.

2. Does Gregor hunger for a relationship with Grete?

Gregor hungers for a relationship with his sister. This desire is evident as he gorges himself on the foods that she brings after she leaves the room. Gregor's secret wish is for Grete to continue violin studies at a conservatory. Gregor continues to display selflessness as he shields her from the sight of him by placing a blanket over the couch while she is in the room doing chores. Another example of his desire occurs at the end of the story as Grete plays the violin. Her music lures Gregor from his room; he wants to show that he still loves people and appreciates music. However, it is ironic that Greta is both his blessing ...

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Metamorphosis and Hunger Artist contain deep questions for debate.

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