This edition: Kafka: The Metamorphosis
Discussion focuses on the story as a modern parable, suggesting that the reality to which Gregor awakens is the truth of his life. Of what does this truth consist? In what ways can Kafka's story be compared to "The Death of Ivan Ilych?" Students explore the story’s theme and plot, determine its purpose, and debate where the story’s climax lies in the narrative. How do elements such as pose style and tone, use of detail, and point-of-view contribute to the story's effect? To what extent does the "rage to be normal" lead us to treat those who are different from us as non-human?