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

“The Death of the Moth” by Virginia Woolf is a short story that looks at the struggles of a moth before its death. The moth, which struggles to go through a windowpane, flies vigorously from one...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2018 4:12 am UTC

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What are some rhetorical devices found in "The Death of the Moth" by Virginia Wolf?

Woolf seems to desire to compel us to see ourselves in the moth. Thus, one of the first devices she uses is personification of the moth itself. Personification entails the attribution of human...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2019 1:42 pm UTC

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In "The Death of the Moth", what fresh and vivid imagery does Woolf use to bring life to her abstract ideas, and how...

Virginia Woolf was primarily concerned with the "shift" that was intrinsic to Modernism. In describing the Modernist sense of consciousness, Woolf once wrote that "All human relations...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2014 1:43 am UTC

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Summarize "The Death of the Moth" by Virginia Woolf.    

In this essay, Woolf sees a moth at her window on a pleasant mid-September day. The moth, full of energy, flies back and forth across the window pane. Woolf finds her attention caught by the moth's...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2016 1:09 am UTC

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From "The Death of the Moth" by Virginia Woolf,  identify one major metaphor at work and analyze its development over...

In Woolf's essay, the primary metaphor is the moth. Woolf views the moth as the metaphor for being in the world. I think that in order to understand how the moth operates as a mean to communicate...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2015 9:08 pm UTC

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What is "the Angel in the House" in "Professions for Women" by Virginia Woolf?

The "Angel in the House" is the typical Victorian middle-class woman (and can also be a woman of any era) who has internalized and restricted herself by adopting male desires about what a woman...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2019 1:10 pm UTC

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Is there a fundamental difference between a dying human being and a dying moth in "The Death of the Moth"?

Woolf's point in this essay is that there is no fundamental difference between the dying of the moth and the death of a human being. We both die alone, and for both of us, death is inevitable. We...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2019 12:46 pm UTC

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What point of view is used in "A Haunted House," a short story by Virginia Woolf ?

The events of this story are told through the thoughts of the current inhabitant of the house, but despite being a first person point of view, we also see events from the (imagined) perspective of...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2018 5:55 pm UTC

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The 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...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2014 9:51 am UTC

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In "The Death of the Moth," what does Woolf see in the moth fluttering at the window?

In the moth, Virginia Woolf sees a metaphor for life; it works hard to survive and eventually dies. She sees that as representative of the purpose of human life. Woolf says: As often as he crossed...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2019 12:03 am UTC

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What's the difference between Woolf's literature and Joyce's?

These two modernist writers are both famous for the way that they use stream of consciousness in their works to record the ongoing thoughts and feelings of their characters as they develop at the...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2012 5:53 am UTC

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What are the main points in Virginia Woolf's book The Common Reader and her final essay in the book "How One Should...

Virginia Woolf's common readers are ordinary readers, people who are not critics and scholars, people who have "common sense" and are untainted by "literary prejudices." They read what they like...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2018 1:18 pm UTC

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Explain what Virginia Woolf means in "How Should One Read a Book?" when she says: "There is always a demon in us who...

To admit authorities, however heavily furred and gowned, into our libraries and let them tell us how to read, what to read, what value to place upon what we read, is to destroy the spirit of...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2012 12:50 am UTC

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What is the syntax of the text "The Death of a Moth" by Virginia Woolf? How does the author use sentence structure...

In her essay “The Death of a Moth,” Virginia Woolf uses syntax (the arrangement of chosen words or diction in a text) as well as varying sentence structure and punctuation to emphasize her...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2020 10:17 pm UTC

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Identify the following concepts in "The Lady in the Looking Glass: A Reflection" by Virginia Woolf: the imaginary,...

A rather pessimistic view we can shape of this story is that "the imaginary" is the false view Isabella has of herself as leading a meaningful or rewarding life. She has been all over the world in...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2020 9:07 pm UTC

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What is the literary device used in the quote "O yes, he seemed to say, death is stronger than I am" from "The Death...

In this quote from Virginia Woolf’s essay “The Death of the Moth,” Woolf uses personification to depict the inevitability of death. This is the last line of the essay, which ends with the moth...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2020 5:57 pm UTC

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Explain Woolf's final answer to the question she raises in the title "How Should One Read a Book?"

Virginia Woolf offers a variety of answers to her opening question, “How should one read a book?” First she urges us to have faith in our ability to read and form judgments. She knows it’s tempting...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2018 9:46 pm UTC

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Virginia Woolf argues that for Modernist writers "the point of interest lies...in the dark places of psychology."...

Virginia Woolf battled severe depression throughout most of her adult life, which finally culminated in her suicide in 1941. She contributed to literary theories and believed that modernist writers...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2018 5:29 am UTC

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What are some passages from "The Lady in the Looking" Glass and Mrs. Dalloway that represent the...

Let us begin by understanding what's meant by 'stream of consciousness' in this context; it's a literary term with various definitions, but we can appeal to Woolf's own description of it in "Modern...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2018 11:52 am UTC

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What relevant questions would you ask Virginia Woolf? What relevant questions would you ask Virginia Woolf?

It would be interesting to know more about the madness that eventually led to her suicide and what triggered it. At the moment we can only infer conclusions based on the information we have...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2011 4:49 am UTC

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What is the setting of "The Lady in the Looking Glass: A Reflection"?

Virginia Woolf's short story, "The Lady in the Looking Glass: A Reflection" is set in the drawing room of a quiet old country house in the early years of the twentieth century. The house appears to...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2020 12:12 pm UTC

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According to Woolf,why could women become writers before they could take part in other arts and profession?

Many female writers and would-be writers are familiar with the opinion that according to Virginia Woolf "women could become writers before they could take part in other arts and professions." This...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2013 1:03 pm UTC

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Can Virginia Woolf be considered a feminist? topic for a research paper

Virgina Woolf could most definately be considered a champion of women's rights, if not an outright feminist. For one thing she was bi-sexual and had several lasting relationships with women."Her...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2008 9:51 pm UTC

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Was Virginia Woolf part of Gertrude Stein's group in Paris?

Virginia Woolf was born in 1882 and committed suicide in 1941. She was a daughter of the distinguished British writer and historian Leslie Stephens. She was a member of a group known as the...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2012 10:35 pm UTC

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Virginia Woolf and the androgynous mind What is the meaning of Virginia Woolf's androgynous mind?

I have always understood the androgynous mind to mean that we are all human, and humanity consists of males and females. Our brains should be able to do what is normally considered male and female...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2012 9:12 pm UTC

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Briefly summarize what Woolf is saying in her essay "The Death of the Moth."

In this essay, the narrator watches a day moth. It is born inside a house, so spends its life exploring a window pane and windowsill, unable to get out into the wider expanses of nature for which...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2020 12:08 pm UTC

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After the luncheon at the men’s college, the narrator in Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own spots a tail-less Manx...

As the narrator visits a men's college, she notes the roast and the flow of wines, red and white, the comfortable cushions, the sense of time and luxury. Yet as she sees a tailless Manx cat, this...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2020 1:01 pm UTC

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Why does Virginia Woolf think it would have been impossible for a woman of Shakespeare's time to have written plays...

In "Shakespeare's Sister", Woolf explains that it would have been almost impossible for a woman during Shakespeare's time to have written plays like the bard because women were not well-educated....

Latest answer posted October 24, 2008 12:51 am UTC

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How does Virginia Woolf portray the role of the female writer or artist in society in two of her writings?

In The Voyage Out, her first novel, Virginia Woolf offers the figure of Miss Allen, a single woman and a writer. Although Rachel does not fully appreciate this woman, Woolf portrays her as a...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2019 2:10 pm UTC

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Is there a character named Mrs. Holloway in any of Virginia Woolf's writings?

You may be thinking of the novel Mrs. Dalloway. In her novel To the Lighthouse, she mentions a "Bristol" or "Bedford" university. According to the "Explanatory Notes" in the novel, Bedford College...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2009 12:57 am UTC

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Virginia Woolf Virginia Woolf is not satisfied with language. Why?

Language is very limiting. Most of it is male-oriented or dominated. For example, since English does not have a neutral pronoun, we are supposed to use "he" if we don't know the gender. Language...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2012 12:26 am UTC

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Watch the film The Hours and post a response to the adaptation of Woolf's novel to the Woolf forum.

The Hours by Stephen Daldry is based on Michael Cunningham's homonymous novel. The narrative involves three women whose lives became intertwined in unexpected ways. Chronologically, the first...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2011 7:54 pm UTC

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Is Virginia Woolf personally attached to Jacob Flender in some way?  

There is nothing to suggest that Virginia Woolf ever knew or had a connection with a Jacob Flender. In fact, a web search of the name turns up primarily genealogical and census information. A...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2016 5:12 pm UTC

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How is the theme of social/political change on individual life portrayed in Virginia Woolf's A Sketch of the Past?

Virginia Woolf worked on "A Sketch of the Past" late in her life, from 1939 to 1940, writing the last of it only four months before her death. In it, she focuses on her childhood in an upper-middle...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2018 12:54 pm UTC

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