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Please provide a summary of "The Death of the Moth" by Virginia Woolf.  Short summary.

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hafod | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 22, 2011 at 11:04 PM via web

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Please provide a summary of "The Death of the Moth" by Virginia Woolf.


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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 23, 2011 at 12:41 AM (Answer #1)

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Virginia Woolf wrote the short essay, "The Death of the Moth," after witnessing a day in the life of a moth within the confines of a room. The story details the moth's short life and its eventual death--a mundane evolution under most circumstances, but one which apparently fascinated the author. She watches the moth fluttering back and forth in front of a closed window, tiring itself until it eventually falls to the window sill. There, the moth begins a battle to right itself before death overtakes it. Eventually, the moth succeeds in regaining its "footing," and stands on the sill before it eventually dies. Woolf draws the moth as a noble creature with great dignity and perserverance; the author herself becomes emotionally involved in the moth's battle with death, with existential overtones and symbolic references to the moth as a work of art.

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