And may God Help You! The essay is an autobiographical text. Woolf is the narrator herself. In this essay, Woolf puts the moth in a role that represents life.
Woolf describes a mostly overlooked creature, the moth, as it exists in nature, particularly on this September day. The writer is unable to concentrate, captivated In "Death of a Moth" by Virginia Woolf, Woolf compares the wonder of life and death by using a moth as an example of the simplicity of life and death and the need to accept the inevitable, although putting up a fight is an essential part of the process.
The writer is unable to concentrate, captivated by the moth, but also distracted by the work in the fields and the movements of the birds.
The life of the moth she considers "pathetic," especially as this is not even a real moth because it flies during the day. It is insignificant in the scheme of things. This, Woolf reveals however, is exactly the point.
It becomes apparent that the moth is dying and, the writer, at first intending to help the creature, decides that she should not. Death is all consuming and somehow conflicting as the moth lies there "uncomplainingly composed. She is perhaps, like the moth, making her last attempt at survival; Woolf committed suicide before this essay went to print.
Woolf tried during her lifetime to expose the restrictions imposed on women and their attempts to free themselves, sometimes from an authoritarian home and other times from a discriminatory society. Her battles with mental illness after the loss of each of her parents also adds a pragmatism to her description of the moth.
Suffering is part of the process of life - orin fact, the process of death, as she is suggesting that the two overlap and it is not necessarily clear where living ceases and dying begins, only that "it came over me that the failure and awkwardness were the approach of death.
Everything in life is relative and, what is meaningless to some, is "little or nothing but life. She chooses not to help the moth just as she perhaps considers that there is no-one who can help her although it is noted that she is in awe of his "gigantic effort.
She is as much in awe of death as she is of life.
Reiterating the simplicity of the process of life and death, it can never be overlooked or avoided and it is man himself who complicates it.Virginia Woolf’s essay “Death of the Moth” describes her encounter with a moth as it fights furiously to escape her windowpane before it is claimed by death/5(21).
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The Death of the Moth || Virginia Woolf Moths that ﬂ y by day are not properly to be called moths; they do not excite that pleasant sense of dark autumn nights and ivy-blossom which the commonest yellow-underwing asleep in the shadow of the curtain never fails to .
In this essay, Woolf puts the moth in a role that represents life. She makes comparisons of the life outside to the life of the moth. The theme is the mystery of death and correspondence of the life of the moth with the true nature of life. In "Death of a Moth" by Virginia Woolf, Woolf compares the wonder of life and death by using a moth as an example of the simplicity of life and death and the need to accept the inevitable.