The Death Of The Moth

859 WordsOct 28, 20154 Pages
In her essay “The Death of the Moth”, Virginia Woolf depicts the struggle of life confronting death through the death of a moth. Woolf sees a moth flying in “a pleasant morning, mid-September, mild, benignant” (385). She uses this soft autumnal description of her morning to emphasize the beauty of life and the happiness one feels while being alive; however, she uses the moth to represent life itself and show its own struggles: “ [the moth] tried to fly across...the window-pane”, but “he failed” (386). She uses the moth’s "failure and awkwardness" (386) to announce death’s arrival and the moth’s constant effort to keep flying to show a desperation to hang on to life. Why moth is so attached to life?. “After perhaps a seventh attempt [the moth] slipped from the wooden ledge and fell, fluttering his wings, onto his back on the window sill” (385). No matter how bad the consequences of the moth’s attempts to fly, he was not going to surrender and after recognizing that “there was something marvelous as well as pathetic about” the moth due to his constants attempts to live, Woolf “stretched out a pencil, meaning to help him to right himself”, but when she notice “the approach of death… [she] laid the pencil down again” (385). Woolf’s use of the pencil instead of her own fingers shows how fragile the life of the moth was and how careful she was trying to be to help the “insignificant creature” (385). However, her shift from interest on the moth life to its death might
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