A symbol is when an object is used to represent something abstract. In stories, symbolism plays a large role in expressing the author?s true meaning and emotions. It is a tool that enables the writer to give a completely different meaning to the story they are writing. The author Franz Kafka uses a fair amount of symbolism in his writing in order to help him in the telling of the story and to make the reader think. This is evident in his writing?s of ?The Metamorphosis? and ?A Country Doctor?.
In ?The Metamorphosis? Kafka is attempting to express the fact that some people waste their lives and in a way live their lives as a bug would. Gregor Samsa (the main character) is an extremely hard working man who hates his job yet he never misses a day. His job consists of him traveling around and selling cloth, his life is extremely inconsistent and lonely like a bug. This is evident when Gregor says, ??the trouble of constant traveling, of worrying about train connections, the bed and irregular meals, casual acquaintances that are always new and never become intimate friends. The devil take it all!? (Kafka 581) The six legs
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