What are People For?

Module 16 Overview

Essential Questions

How do we define ourselves in relationship to self/family/society?
How do we determine if we are ‘good?’
What tools or techniques does a writer use to illustrate their characters?
How do readers infer author’s intended message/meaning?

"any outstanding work of art is a fantasy insofar as it reflects the unique world of a unique individual."

"Of course, no matter how keenly, how admirably, a story, a piece of music, a picture is discussed and analyzed, there will be minds that remain blank and spines that remain unkindled. 'To take upon us the mystery of things'—what King Lear so wistfully says for himself and for Cordelia—this is also my suggestion for everyone who takes art seriously. A...poor fellow is turned into a beetle -- so what? There is no rational answer to 'so what.' We can take the story apart, we can find out how the bits fit, how one part of the pattern responds to the other; but you have to have in you some cell, some gene, some germ that will vibrate in answer to sensations that you can neither define, nor dismiss. Beauty plus pity—that is the closest we can get to a definition of art. Where there is beauty there is pity for the simple reason that beauty must die: beauty always dies, the manner dies with the matter, the world dies with the individual. If Kafka's 'The Metamorphosis' strikes anyone as something more than an entomological fantasy, then I congratulate him on having joined the ranks of good and great readers."

excerpt from Vladimir Nabokov's lecture on "The Metamorphosis"

Keep in Mind...

  • —There is no ‘right’ meaning behind Kafka.
  • —After the first sentence, not much ‘exciting’ happens. Think about WHY?!?
  • —Pay attention to the family dynamics and relationships!
  • —Keep an eye out for humor. In chapter 2, the juxtaposition of mood and plot/action is often interpreted as humorous. Picture the action in your mind!

Module 16 Tasks

  1. Module 3-2-1 Overview Video (20-30 minutes)
  2. Take notes on Characterization. (15-20 minutes)
  1. Read and annotate Chapter 2 of the novella. (1-2 hours)
  1. Complete character analysis chart. (1-1.5 hours)
  2. Review graphic novel of Chapter 2 and contrast the texts. (30 minutes-1 hour)
  1. Discussion on Kafka. (30 minutes-1 hour)
  2. ACT Lessons 8 (15-30 minutes)
Friday - FRIYAY
Chill, it's been a long couple of weeks ooooorrrrrrrrr...do everything because that's, you know, how you roll. All stressed and panicked and procrastination-y.