Metamorphosis: Part III Group Work

Metamorphosis: Part III Group Work
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Although this is a word document, I usually save it as a Google Doc and post it in my Google Classroom. The group task presents ten dynamic questions concerning Part III of Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis. Questions concern plot, characterization, theme, and writer's choice.

An example of one question: Many feel that the saddest metamorphosis is Grete’s change in attitude toward Gregor. Discuss Grete’s ultimate rejection of her brother. Give three possible reasons for her changed attitude.

Usually, I upload all student answers to a PowerPoint where I infuse my ideas and reactions to their group responses. I then end in a discussion of Vladimir Nabokov's 1950 Lecture on Kafka. In 1950, Vladimir Nabokov, gave an interesting lecture on Kafka's Metamorphosis. In his lecture, Nabokov focused on Gregor's humanity, instead of his "monstrousness." Nabokov stated: “ Here is a point to be observed with care and love. Gregor is a human being in an insect's disguise; his family are insects disguised as people.” Nabokov then insists: "With Gregor's death, their insect souls are suddenly aware that they are free to enjoy themselves." Hence, Nabokov reads Gregor as more human than those around him. While he appears to his family as less than human, his interior, which we have access to and his family does not, marks him as fully human. Hence, the absurdity  is not in Gregor; it is around him!

This last addition lends for a very interesting class discussion! Enjoy!

 

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