Objective: The beginning of The Metamorphosis finds Gregor Samsa as a beetle. There is no explanation for this sudden transformation; it simply is. The objective of this lesson is to discuss how this kind of beginning affects the narrative.
1) Divide the class into small groups and have each group discuss what they initially thought when Gregor awoke to his new beetle's body. What did it lead you to think the rest of the narrative would contain? What kind of genre did you think it would be?
2) For class discussion: The exposition of The Metamorphosis and the discovery the reader and Gregor make leads the reader to believe that the narrator/author is unreliable. True or false? After some discussion, ask the class if they thought the beginning of the story is just a dream and why.
3) Have each student draw a timeline/climax chart for a typical...
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