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The Metamorphosis Lesson Plan

Introduction to The Metamorphosis

Written in 1912 and published in 1915, The Metamorphosis is one of the few works by Franz Kafka to appear in print during the author’s lifetime. Now arguably Kafka’s best-known work, and one of the most acclaimed works of 20th-century English fiction, The Metamorphosis was first circulated in an avant-garde German-language literary magazine before it was released as a standalone publication. Kafka notoriously completed very few of his writing projects, and didn’t achieve public recognition for his few published works until after his death. The Metamorphosis epitomizes the thematic and stylistic traits that have come to define the concept of the “Kafkaesque.” One critic, writing in The...

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