Kafka’s The Metamorphosis

The short paper should be 500-750 words and should be submitted to Blackboard Assignments in Word compatible (.doc or .docx) format, or else Rich Text Format (.rtf).

TOPIC: In Kafka’s novella, we can see how the title references more than merely Gregor’s transformation into the ungeheuren Ungeziefer. That metamorphosis signals and forces change in the Samsa family as a unit, and to its individual members: father, mother, and sister Grete. Choose one of those family members, and write from that individual’s first person point of view, looking back on the period of time that the novella covers, reflecting on how your attitude, worldview, and perspective on your other two family members (and yourself) has altered.

THESIS: Your thesis statement should establish the overall main idea or character of the changes that have happened to you and the Samsa family since Gregor’s transformation and eventual death. Use the body of the short paper to trace the progression of those changes, supporting your statements and reflections with direct quotation from Kafka’s work.

At least six direct quotations from the text should be used. Each quoted line(s) should be correctly integrated with a sentence and cited. Since we are only writing about one source (the play) and one author (Kafka), once you establish his name in your first in-text citation, only the page number of the quoted text is required in the in-text citation.

The introduction paragraph is present and includes a single-sentence thesis statement which addresses the chosen topic. 10%
Body paragraphs are presented in an organized way and the short paper meets the 500-750 word length requirement.There is a conclusion paragraph that reiterates the thesis idea(s). 10%
The body of the essay thoroughly develops and examines the topic and main idea(s) as identified in the thesis statement. 50%
6 direct quotations are present. Use of each quotation includes sufficient explanation as to the quotation’s significance or meaning. 10%
Quotations are correctly incorporated into complete sentences and have in-text citations. 10%
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are correct*. 10%


* 100- Excellent (no errors), 85-Very good (fewer than 5 errors), 75-Fair/Satisfactory (fewer than 10 errors), 50-Unsatisfactory (15 or more errors).