Dramatic Irony in The Metamorphosis: Examples & Quotes


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What causes the dramatic irony in Kafka's novella The Metamorphosis?

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1. In The Metamorphosis by Kafka, why is the family's reaction before seeing Gregor's transformation considered dramatic irony?

2. In The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, how does the chief clerk react once he knows what the audience has known all along?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Franz Kafka's use of dramatic irony in The Metamorphosis gives the story a unique point of view. These questions will assess your understanding of key topics like the cause of dramatic irony in the story and the irony in Gregor Samsa's family reacting before they witness his transformation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Multiple-choice questions will test your understanding of the following:

  • Response of the chief clerk to Gregor's change
  • Irony of the scene when Gregor's sister is playing the violin
  • The family's reaction when they discover Gregor listening to Grete

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about dramatic irony in The Metamorphosis
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the main cause of the story's dramatic irony
  • Making connections - use your understanding of Gregor turning into an insect and the irony of the way his family reacts to it

Additional Learning

Irony is used as a literary device in the story to the point of absurdity. Review the accompanying lesson entitled Dramatic Irony in The Metamorphosis: Examples & Quotes, which will teach you more about the following subjects:

  • Humor that comes from the story's dramatic irony
  • Irony when Gregor first turns into a beetle
  • The dramatic irony of Gregor's falling out with his family