The Metamorphosis Part 2 Discussion Questions

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

As your students read ~'The Metamorphosis~' by Franz Kafka, it can be helpful to have some good class discussions about the text. This lesson offers questions specifically related to Part Two.

Discussing The Metamorphosis

Are you teaching Kafka's The Metamorphosis to your class? If so, you understand that this novel can be a very complex one for students to encounter. It deals with existential themes, like what it means to be alive, to be part of a family, and to have sometimes mundane duties and expectations. At the same time, the novel is surreal and requires the suspension of disbelief in order to work with its major underlying themes.

To help your students get as much as possible out of The Metamorphosis, you will want to offer plenty of opportunities for class discussions. The questions in this lesson will help your students work specifically with the novel's second part.

Questions About Characters

These questions will let your students think together about the novel's characters as they evolve throughout Part Two.

  • Discuss some of the changes that seem to have occurred in Gregor's life since the end of Part One. How does his daily rhythm work in this section of the novel? How does he respond internally to these external changes?
  • What are some of the new inner conflicts Gregor encounters as a result of his dependence in this section? What do we learn about his character from thinking about these conflicts?
  • Describe some of the changes we see in Grete both at the beginning and over the course of Part Two. What do you think and know about her as a character at this point?
  • What is the new nature of the relationship between Grete and Gregor? How does each of them think about their relationship now? What is your own reaction to this evolution in their relationship?
  • How does Gregor's mother seem to be reacting to the new situation with her son? What does she do to him, and why? What do we learn about her as a mother over the course of Part Two?
  • Discuss Gregor's father's way of responding to his family's new major problems. What do you think about him as a father? How does he treat the different members of his family, and why?
  • Which character in this section of the novel do you identify with the most, and why? Which character do you, conversely, find it the hardest to identify with?

Questions About Plot

Here, you will find questions related to the plot of this second part of the novel.

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