Compare & contrast the role of the family in Cormac Mc Carthy’s The Stonemason and Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis. What pressures and powers are unique to the family in these texts?

 Which of these pressures and powers do you think are relevant to our current moment? 

What are the benefits and limitations of Ben’s attitude? How is his attitude different at the end of the play?

 How may have Gregor and Ben’s family played a role in both of their lives? Ask yourself all the questions you’d like and turn the best one into your thesis statement.

Develop a thesis in response to the problems that the family faces in the play and novel and use them and your own experience to write an essay in which you explain what you believe about the influence of family on organized labor, and vice versa.