The Death of the Moth Analysis

As Virginia Woolf describes this moth attempting to fly—which is in fact not actually a moth as it flutters throughout the air by day- she emphasizes the creature’s weakness and futile mobility. Woolf sympathizes for this moth, as it observes its failing attempts to fly to another location, and escape the wrath of the window pane. However, due to the moth’s inevitable defeat, she implies that the moth’s death is a reward, a peace offering for its rigorous fight with the world’s greater significance. This moth seems to die with honor, although it is death that will go home with the blue ribbon. Moreover, Woolf demonstrates the moth’s tranquility as well as its ease with death, rather than considering death as a tragic and haunting event.  It is also interesting that Woolf indicates the moth’s cognizance of his demise, as a moth clearly does not have such capabilities. Such human attributes exemplify the moth’s representation of the common man, who also struggles with the battle of death. Death is not a concept that we should fear, but accept as the omnipotent force. 


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