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Video Information and Comprehension Questions

Kafka's Metamorphosis

The following questions appear onscreen in the video. Feel free to integrate them into your lesson plan as needed.

Questions to consider before watching the video:
  • Think about works of autobiographical fiction that you have read. As you watch the program, consider the ways in which writers incorporate details of their own lives into their stories.
  • Note how Kafka's own life is reflected inThe Metamorphosis. Questions to consider after watching the video:
  • The program suggests that Kafka is relevant to modern readers who also experience undefined anguish. Define the term "Kafkaesque."
  • What are some aspects of modern society that seem Kafkaesque to you?
Suggested activity
Write a prequel toThe Metamorphosis, such as a chapter that reveals Gregor's life in the days before he becomes a giant bug. Show how Gregor's growing alienation leads to his transformation.