Kafka most certainly knew of Ovid’s work, and it is likely that he named his story in the singular as a definite reference to the older text. While Kafka’s title is singular–referring to only one “change”–and Ovid’s title is plural–he writes about many people changing forms–there are other more subtle points of convergence and divergence. Please write a page describing your observations. How does Kafka’s text show similarities to Ovid’s text? How do the texts differ?

Special consideration will be given to responses that are not merely “run-of-the-mill” and instead demonstrate an innovative approach to the text.