- Gregor and his family have a dysfunctional relationship. Gregor is the provider and has taken on the families debts. Gregor simply exists, he has no real happiness or goals outside of working and paying the bills. Gregor and his dad seem to have a very strained relationship. His dad appears to be almost resentful of Gregor. It seems like Gregor stepping up to provide for the family has invalidated his father’s position in life. Gregor does have hopes and dreams for his sister. He is trying to provide her some happiness that he does not have. His sister is also the one family member who tries to care for Gregor.
- When Gregor becomes a cockroach his family suddenly realizes they can no longer depend upon him for support. This causes them to start to pull together and find ways to provide for themselves. As each family member starts to earn money they start to grow stronger as Gregor is continually weakening.
When Gregor is seen by their tenants the family is united in their recognition of how much of a burden Gregor is to them. The family is able to stand up to the tenants and run them off. They have come along was from relying on Gregor for everything, in fact Gregor now relies upon them for everything.
Gregor’s death is an immense relief to the family. They are free from the burden and can actually start living a normal life. They are more committed to each other and each has determined their role in the family.
- Akhmatova’s Requim came too late to be of any influence during Stalin’s time but it is still relevant to politics of today. Requim shows us the injustices of war and puts a visual on the pain and suffering it causes. Her words speak to us and remind us of what can happen with oppression and tyranny take over a country. While the influence of this poem would have been greater had it been published when Stalin was still in power the influence is still there.
- We should interpret the command at the end of Archaic Torso of Apollo as a call to live your life to the fullest. Go and find your happiness and be passionate about things.