Rhetorical Devices In The Death Of The Moth

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Many people attempt to avoid death, and many times those people are successful; however, more often than not, when people face the predicament of dying, they are not fortunate enough to escape the misfortune. Whether a person surpasses the curse of death at one point in time, eventually they will come to meet death; death is inevitable. Virginia Woolf, author of the essay, “The Death of the Moth,” captures the message death is inevitable. Throughout the essay, Woolf follows the short life of a day moth. In following the moth, Woolf comes to the realization that regardless of what she attempts to do to proliferate the decay of the moth, the moth will still succumb to death. To encapsulate the theme in the essay, Woolf uses numerous…show more content…
Analyzing her newfound appreciation sanctions Woolf to remind herself that life is precious. Reminding herself of life 's grandeur enables Woolf to then transfer the tone into her writing. Conveying the value of life, changes Woolf’s perspective. She values life more, but as she has learned earlier from the moth, sadness is inherent; sadness is brought by tragedy, like dying. Conclusively, Woolf’s use of pathos in her writing enabled her to present a clear tone, which contributed to the theme that death is inevitable. Next, Woolf employs imagery in her writing to further develop the theme. Specifically, Wolf uses imagery to capture the moth’s final moments in life. Woolf adds descriptive phrases such as “stiff or so awkward that he could only flutter to the bottom” and “he slipped from the wooden ledge and fell, fluttering his wings,” to encapsulate the moth’s initial difficulties of living. She creates a visual that enhances the moth’s struggle to survive; the moth continues to attempt to fly, but only meets difficulty. To expand on the idea that the moth is struggling, Woolf, herself in the essay, attempts to aid the moth’s in its dying struggle. She writes, “The helplessness of his attitude roused me. It flashed upon me that he was in difficulties; he could no longer raise himself; his legs struggled vainly.
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