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He flies from one corner of the window pane to the other with an intensity that rivets her. In fact, he seems to represent life itself.
It was as if someone had taken a tiny bead of pure life and decking In "The Death of the Moth," Woolf sees an ordinary day moth fluttering at her window. It was as if someone had taken a tiny bead of pure life and decking it as lightly as possible with down and feathers, had set it dancing and zig-zagging to show us the true nature of life.
The moth reminds Woolf that life, no matter how insignificant, matters.
As Woolf watches the moth struggle against its impending death, she recognizes it as a representation, stripped bare, of the fundamental struggle for existence that human beings share.
No matter how ordinary, insignificant or forgotten our existence might be, a force throbs in us while we are living, just as in the moth.
It prevails for a moment, and Woolf celebrates its "minute In the end, however, the moth dies, and Woolf recognizes that death will take us all. At the same time, it is the struggle to stay alive, no matter how briefly, and to live life to its fullest, even if that only involves flying from one end of a windowpane to another, that is important.
Woolf feels an affinity with the moth, for the moth is all of us:The Moth, writes Woolf in her essay, “set on the windowsill in the sun” (CE, ) where the Moth soon dies. “I describe the sun on the windowsill, and shall look under ‘B’ and find ‘butterfly powder’” (W, 36).5/5(3).
DEATH OF THE MOTH 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 possibilities of pleasure seemed that morning so enormous and so various that to have only a moth’s part in life, and a day moth’s at that, appeared a hard fate, and his zest in enjoying his meager opportunities to the full, pathetic’” (Woolf 1).
Virginia Woolf was born Adeline Virginia Stephen on 25 January at 22 Hyde Park Gate in South Kensington, London to Julia (née Jackson) (–) and Leslie Stephen (–), writer, historian, essayist, biographer and mountaineer.
Julia Jackson was born in in Calcutta, Bengal, British India to Dr John Jackson and Maria "Mia" Theodosia Pattle, from two Anglo-Indian families. 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 .
The Death of the Moth compares the insignificant short struggle and life of a moth to the daily struggles of human life. Moth as a symbol of human and it relates to human’s struggle to survive.