The Death Of The Moth

Write a summary/response essay for "The Death of the Moth" by Virginia Woolf.

In "The Death of the Moth," Virginia Woolf examines life and death as she watches a moth struggling and dying. Woolf reflects that nothing has "any chance against death," but she paints the moth's struggles as admirable. The fact that Woolf committed suicide before the printing of this essay lends additional weight to it.

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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.  

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 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. On further reflection, Woolf points out that the moth's struggles are indicative of life in general as nothing "had any chance against...

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