The Moral Lesson Of ' The Death Of The Moth ' Essay

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The moral lesson of “The Death of the Moth”, is that life and death are unpredictable. When us beings come to life we are not marked with an expiration date on our backs nor is there an instruction manual entrusted to us with the intention to give insight on the purpose of our lives. This unpredictability mandates us to live our lives to their fullest extent because we never know when our lives will end.
The author, Virginia Woolf tells the story of her encounter with a moth that flew in the daylight. As she was reading a book, she noticed a moth from the corner of her eye. She pitied the moth as he flew from each side of her windowsill, but she forgot about him after time. Once she was aware the moth for the second time, she noticed that his movements were far less fluid than they were previously. She watched as the small creature futilely tried to fly around her windowsill once again. After the seventh attempt, the moth slipped from a wooden ledge and fell onto his back. Initially, she wanted to help him. She tried to use her pencil to get the moth back on his feet but before taking action she paused and decided against it. After moments of quite literally fighting for his life, the poor moth died. She begins to recall her experience with the moth and states, “It was a pleasant morning, mid-September, mild, benignant, yet with a keener breath than that of the summer months. The plough was already scoring the field opposite the window, and where the share had been, the…

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