Invisible Man

Explain the following quotation "Some folks just live in filth," she said disgustedly. "Just let a little knocking start and here it comes crawling out. All you have to do is shake things up a bit." in Invisible Man

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I suppose the cockroaches are a metaphor for cleaning out one's own life, the narrator's life. The Narrator had let himself live in filth so long, he had to shake things up to clean his life out.