What, if anything, is surprising about Gregor's initial reaction to his metamorphosis?
Citing examples from the beginning of the text, students should consider why Gregor seems relatively nonplussed by his metamorphosis, fretting instead about potential repercussions for missing the early train to work. Gregor is preoccupied with anxious thoughts about his demanding job, which he works as a means of supporting his entire family. Gregor's distress stems not from the horror of having morphed into a giant insect, but rather the thought of being interrogated and punished for his failure to arrive at work on time. Students may rightly observe the strangeness of Gregor's...
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