The Metamorphosis: Quotes About Guilt


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What is the most surprising thing about ''The Metamorphosis'' (outside Gregor's metamorphosis into an insect)?

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1. In ''The Metamorphosis,'' how does Gregor's employer (as represented by his supervisor, the chief clerk) attempt to make Gregor feel deeply guilty about being late to work?

2. In ''The Metamorphosis,'' which of the following quotes is related to how Gregor's family makes him feel guilty for being a financial burden?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa feels a lot of guilt about his family's financial situation. Quiz your understanding of guilt in the story on key topics like a surprising turn of events in the story (other than Gregor turning into an insect) and the guilt Gregor feels about possibly being late to his job.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz will cover these few points:

  • The way Gregor's family makes him feel guilty for being a financial burden
  • Guilt Gregor feels from his family about their standard of living
  • Gregor's decision on how to deal with the guilt he feels

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the theme of guilt in The Metamorphosis
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the guilt Gregor feels in the story and how it's caused by his family's living situation
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Gregor's way of dealing with the guilt he feels for being a burden to his family

Additional Learning

Gregor Samsa feels guilty for things that are beyond his control. With that in mind, you can learn more about the subject through the lesson entitled The Metamorphosis: Quotes About Guilt. Here are the topics you'll be covering:

  • The change in Gregor's lifestyle once he becomes an insect
  • His family's unsympathetic response
  • Shame Gregor feels for his altered physical appearance