Please note: A clear picture of the board game is too large to download to TpT web site. The Preview allows for a close proximity to the visuals in this board game. You could also go to www.PlayGamestoLearn.com to look at the whole board game. The Metamorphosis BOARD GAME, based on Franz Kafka’s early twentieth century novella (1915), serves as an excellent test review and helps students prepare to write about a masterpiece in the absurdist tradition. As students work their way from one section to the next on the game board, they are challenged to answer questions about plot, characterization, conflict, psychobiographical parallels between Gregor Samsa and Franz Kafka, historical/cultural contexts, possible interpretations of the transmogrification into a gigantic insect, themes of family dysfunction, alienation, and isolation; Kafka’s previous writing featuring another character who imagines being transformed into a stag beetle to avoid his own wedding; the tradition of “transformation/metamorphosis literature;” Egyptological and entomological symbols; and the question of transcendence the ending poses. The board game: 18” X 18” quad-fold, laminated; comes with color playing cards, cockroach pawns, directions, and die. Includes a CD with a 105-slide Power Point Presentation with evocative graphics, recommended readings, annotated useful web sites on Kafka, and a brief critical essay on the novella by Vanessa Haley.
My premise: It is possible to HAVE FUN WITH FRANZ KAFKA!