Death Of The Moth Analysis

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As Lao Tzu once said, “Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.” In “Death of the Moth” an essay, by Virginia Woolf (1941), Woolf explains the struggle between life and death. The idea that life and death is a flounder is evident through Woolf’s abstract diction, ominous tone, and underlying metaphors expressed throughout the essay. As the narrator in Woolf’s writing observes the moth, she sees the creature as a metaphor for life. The narrator describes the moth as it moves from one corner to another, “as if a fibre, very thin but pure, of the enormous energy of the world had been thrust into his frail and diminutive body.” From the narrator’s point of view, she says that the moth is “nothing but life,” yet

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