Kafka doesn't mention what business Georg is in. What other information about Georg does Kafka withhold that might be useful to know? Why would Kafka leave so many gaps in information?
In general, there are very few details about the characters in this story and their relationships with one another. Students should reflect on the kinds of questions that came up for them while reading, and explain how knowing certain "missing details" might help clarify the narrative. Ideally, students will come to understand that Kafka was making specific, deliberate choices in his writing, and that these gaps and ambiguities are not shortcomings or mistakes in his work. They should...
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