Instructions: Choose one of the prompts below and write at least a 600-word (double-spaced) response

Instructions: Choose one of the prompts below and write at least a 600-word (double-spaced) response. I recommend you re-read the text(s) closely in order to determine what it says explicitly and make logical inferences from it. Be sure to supply reasoning, use specific and sufficient textual evidence to support your points and conclusions and cite them by page number in the texts. You need to clearly label your paper with: your name, Short Paper #4 and your own title for submission by Friday 12/10 by 11:59pm. You are of course welcome to submit it earlier if you choose. (Do not feel obligated to answer every single question in the prompt, they are there to stimulate your thinking and to help you provide sufficient dimensions to the topic, not control it!) Some perhaps obvious things: Please include your own title that clearly reflects the topic of your original essay and do not restate the assignment as part of your submission. Label your paper (not your file) with your name, HumStud 201 and Short Paper #4, and single space them. For the body of your paper double-space and use Times New Roman, 12pt and regular 1” margins. Your essay should have a clear introduction, a clear and complex thesis, make multiple well- supported points and have a conclusion that does more than merely restate your thesis. When you cite a text, include page numbers in the body of your paper and a list of references at the end. Please do a final proofreading of your essay, double-checking things like grammar, usage, spelling and clarity of ideas. Be sure to use textual evidence (including quotation) from the works for support. Use the Writing Rubric and “Common Pitfalls” document provided you in “Writing Resources” to aid you in your writing. Submit only original work. Why this assignment?: This assignment will allow you to grapple more deeply with and apply your knowledge of Modernism, and will provide you practice 1.) reading closely and “actively,” 2.) thinking critically by encouraging you to reflect on authentic texts and ideas originating in another time period, 3.) applying ideas presented in them to provide insight into issues outside their borders and 4.) supporting your own ideas and insights in writing (for example, through summary, comparison, substantiating claims and thesis development). Topics: I. Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” (feel free to consult Nabokov’s article, if relevant) 1. Transformations. What exactly is/are the “metamorphosis(es)” referred to in the title? Who undergoes a transformation in this work? Who is to blame for Gregor’s metamorphosis? Why does/do the metamorphosis(es) take place? Who changes the most in the course of “The Metamorphosis”? Gregor is an obvious choice because of his new shape, but you should also think about the changes in the characters’ emotions, desires, and living situations. Which character undergoes the strongest shift in values or personality as the story progresses? What is Kafka expressing through the metamorphosis of Gregor Samsa? What is the point of the novella (if any)? What was life like for him before his metamorphosis, at home and on the job? In what ways do you think he did not undergo any transformation? Like Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, “The Metamorphosis” is generally read as an allegorical tale, meaning of course that the events symbolize a more general human condition in modern society. What do you think Gregor\'s transformation represents? 2. How is or is not \"The Metamorphosis\"" a good example of either Existentialism