Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis

Prompt: Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” sheds light on the topics of isolation, sacrifice, neglect, dedication, individualism, and inner change. Kafka’s shocking stylistic device—portraying the protagonist as a bug—exhibits Gregor’s being crushed by authority and monotony. These themes allude to the overarching theme of the semester: social norms. The actions that lead to Gregor’s downfall are not ordinary. His struggles are many, and his situation sad, but perhaps we can draw inspiration from them.
Task: You are composing an essay that is based on 2 sources:
1) Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”
2) Your choice of a work of art that captures the essence, mood, or tone of the themes in Meta. This may be a painting, sculpture, photograph, calligraphy, graphic design, textile, or song.
o Whatever art you choose, it must have a working title and an artist to credit. Do not use stock images, ads, or pictures of bugs.
▪ Examples could be pairing the story with Munch’s “The Scream”, or Picasso’s “Weeping Woman”, or a song with a melancholy feeling.
Draw on information and/or quotations from both sources to present an informed argument in an essay whose theme is: Dehumanization.
This essay should (in approx. 4 pages):
• include a literary analysis of Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”
o discuss some of the following…
▪ life before Gregor’s metamorphosis​​
▪ reasons Gregor turns into a bug​​
▪ the nature of the struggle Gregor goes through
▪ reasons why his family may hate him
▪ factors that lead to his death
▪ how Gregor’s metamorphosis affects his family
▪ what the metamorphosis symbolizes
• include a deep analysis of the art and what it represents, regarding mood, color, texture, line, subject. Insert a copy of the work of art [not a link] at the end of your essay.
Use your acquired skills of close reading (words and images) to demonstrate your ability to analyze. Use MLA approved formaiqut, as in prior essays.

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