Relationship Between Father & Son in The Metamorphosis


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Which of Kafka's stories written around the same time as ''The Metamorphosis'' share the theme of a dysfunctional father-son relationship?

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1. How does Gregor's father initially respond to his son's transformation in ''The Metamorphosis''?

2. What aspect of Kafka's relationship with his father seems to be explored in ''The Metamorphosis''?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In The Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa's relationship with his father is a difficult one. With this quiz/worksheet, you'll be answering questions on key points such as other Kafka stories that feature dysfunctional father-son relationships and the way Gregor's father first reacts to his son's transformation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

See what you know about the following:

  • The author's relationship with his own father
  • Gregor's father's personality and actions in the story
  • An appropriate description of Gregor's relationship with his father

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Gregor's relationship with his father in The Metamorphosis
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the response of Gregor's father once he sees his son has turned into an insect
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the relationship between Gregor and his father to recognize how it's related to Franz Kafka's own life

Additional Learning

The strained relationship between Gregor and his family will be discussed further in the lesson named Relationship Between Father & Son in The Metamorphosis. You'll be taught about the following key areas:

  • Inverse relationship between Gregor and his father
  • Gregor's family and their financial dependence on him
  • The change in Gregor's father and his judgemental nature