What does a cockroach symbolize? | Yahoo Answers
what does the cockroach symbolize? | Yahoo Answers
Much of the violence in Nigeria during the time Soyinka was writing was done in the name of lofty causes such as the preservation of Yoruba identity. The cockroach's argument represents these rationalizations for continuing violence. Soyinka finds these words "stale deception, Blasphemer's consolation." Soyinka suggests a force worse than anything humans could produce plagues his nation, thus he uses cockroaches to symbolize this evil. The human speaker claims "Not human attributes were these/that fell upon us". Both the man and the cockroach are aware that the violence is unstoppable due to the cockroach's actions and man's weaknesses. The poem opens with the man addressing the cockroach and lamenting the fact that all of his people's plans for peace have been ruined by the cockroach. The cockroach acknowledges its fault and laughs at the useless attempts by the humans to cleanse their land.
Christian Witch - Cockroach Symbolism
This particular dream needs to be as much interpreted by who is not there as much as who is. If your spouse normally plays a role in taking care of your children, their absence indicates that you are concerned about the disbalance in who actually provides caregiving. In this instance, their absence may indicate that you feel you are doing more than your fair share. The cockroaches symbolize the fact that you may not feel like you are doing an adequate job. Under these circumstances, your silent pleas to the teacher indicate that you are wishing someone else, perhaps in your community, would take up some of the responsibilities you are trying to cope with. Fortunately, you are able to escape from the cockroaches, indicating that you will find an equitable solution to your problem.