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The Metamorphosis Teaching Unit
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- While there is no apparent reason for it, Kafka clearly put people, events, and things in groups of three. Identify as many of those groupings as you can.
- The term allegory, which is sometimes used to describe this book, is associated with religion, yet there are not any significant references to churches or religion in this story.
- While Gregor’s metamorphosis gives the story its title, discuss the other metamorphoses which occur in this story.
- In what ways may this story be seen as a criticism of capitalism?
- In what ways may it be seen as an attack on personal and political tyranny?
- A point of disagreement in the interpretation of Kafka’s work is whether Kafka’s obscure, symbolic works were in fact profound existential or religious allegories, or, as he expressed it, only about his “own dreamlike inner life.” State your opinion and support it by referring to the text.
- In what sense is Gregor a modern everyman?
- Identify the significance of the sister’s final action and point out how this relates to the story.
- Point out how Kafka is able to make something that is impossible seem plausible.
- Discuss one possible way this story may be construed by some to be a religious or existential allegory.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.