Situational Irony in The Metamorphosis: Examples & Quotes


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In The Metamorphosis, why is it ironic that Gregor's family provides him with the bare minimum of care after his transformation?

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1. Which of the following is an example of situational irony from The Metamorphosis?

2. How does Gregor's father react when he sees Gregor's transformation in The Metamorphosis?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The basis for The Metamorphosis is the situational irony of Gregor Samsa's change into a beetle. We've created this quiz/worksheet to test your knowledge of topics like the irony Gregor's treatment by his family and one prime example of situational irony from the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll need to know about these key points:

  • The way Gregor's father responds to his son as an insect
  • Irony of Gregor's family staying out of his room
  • Quote from Gregor about wanting to go back to sleep

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about situational irony in The Metamorphosis
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the response of the characters to Gregor's transformation
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the way Gregor reacts to his change and the irony therein

Additional Learning

You can learn more about the irony in the story with the lesson we've called Situational Irony in The Metamorphosis: Examples & Quotes. These topics will be discussed in greater detail:

  • Literary technique of subverting the expectations of an audience
  • Definition of situational irony
  • Ironic way in which the story begins
  • The irony of how Gregor's treated by his sister