The Death Of The Moth By Virginia Woolf Analysis

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When it comes to living life, there is often that though inside one’s mind about the end of life, about death. It is a common topic that reflects upon the humanity of oneself and those around. Life and death are a topic that is versatile to authors of diverse genres. Virginia Woolf is one of those authors who was drawn to this continuum. Woolf’s childhood was filled with death, born in 1882, her mother passed in 1895, her half-sister died in 1897, her father followed in 1890, and her brother in 1906. Due to her melancholic childhood, Woolf attempts suicide in 1913 and ultimately succeeds in 1941. Her childhood largely influenced her writing her piece titled, “The Death of the Moth,” which was published posthumously. She explores the life and death continuum while drawing her readers into her own realizations of them using a moth as a tangible subject. Woolf utilizes her levels of language to manipulate her audience to take on the role of what her tone is suggesting and leads them to her ultimate conclusion through sympathetic pathos, juxtaposed diction, parallelism, and her overall appeal to the audience’s humanity.
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5 Woolf). Not only is the moth a tangible subject of life in general but also specific to Woolf’s own life. As someone who was dealing with bipolar disorder, the moth exemplified her own personal struggles in life. As the moth’s “body relaxed and instantly grew stiff. The struggle was over” (par. 5 Woolf) and submits to death. The full acceptance of death may have been a justification for Woolf’s own suicide, expressing that the individual cannot always keep fighting the battle against evil. Her own personal life may have also been implied when she states that “there was nobody to care or to know” (par. 5 Woolf), suggest that she herself did not have anybody as

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