In the essay, “The Death of the Moth”, Virginia Woolf uses metaphor to convey that the relationship between life and death is one that is strange and fragile. Woolf tells the story of the life and death of a moth, one that is petite and insignificant. The moth is full of life, and lives life as if merry days and warm summers are the only things the moth knows. However, as the moth enters it’s last moments, it realizes that death is stronger than any other force. As the moth knew life seconds before, it has now deteriorated into death.
As individuals, we each have our way in creating our own work of art. Whether it is the same subject for a painting, writing assignment, or a drawing the exclusiveness in the craftsmanship is always noticeable. In the essay "The Death Of A Moth", both Woolf and Dillard, exemplify this idea of having the same subject but bringing a different meaning to their muse. They each begin their essay in different settings, as well as expressing their thoughts in unique ways; they end with the moth holding different values to their works. With all this taken into account, their essays had a similar theme that they were trying to get across to their readers.
In the short story, ''The Moths'', by Helena Maria Viramontes uses author style to focus on the ideas that one could be isolated and it takes a severe deed to regain inner peace through the title, informal writing, and theme. The title, ''The Moths'' represents the moths flying out of the Abuelita's mouth after she died at the end of the story. '' I wanted to rest my head on her chest with her stroking my hair, telling me about the moths that lay within the soul and slowly eat the spirit up'', (page 37). The narrator was told by her Abuelita (grandmother) that the moths are filled in one's soul, and they slowly eat the spirit, but the moths are part of one that keeps living after one dies. It shows that the grandmother's legacy kept living
Manipulating Moments in Time: Comparing John Hersey’s Hiroshima and Virginia Woolf’s The Death of a Moth Time can be manipulated in several different ways in writing, whether through sentence length, detail, time skips, flashbacks, flashforwards, or any number of other strategies. In their pieces Hiroshima and The Death of a Moth, John Hersey and Virginia Woolf use several techniques to manipulate moments in time; in the beginning of Hiroshima, Hersey prolongs and relives the moments before and during the detonation of the atomic bomb above the city of Hiroshima, while Virginia Woolf stretches out moments in time as a moth flutters along a window sill and dies in her essay The Death of a Moth. There are several different strategies used in the first two sentences of Hersey’s Hiroshima and sentences three through seven of Woolf’s
Authors use characters and genres to develop theme. Sometimes different genres can be used to build the same theme. In the poem, “The Lesson of the Moth,” poet Don Marquis uses the protagonist, a moth, to teach the narrator, Archy, a cockroach, what it is like to have a dream worth dying for. Similarly, Daniel Keyes, author of “Flowers for Algernon,” a short story, uses the main character, Charlie Gordon, a mentally disabled man who longs to be smart, to develop the idea that it is better to risk to achieve happiness rather than to live wondering what life could have been like. Both the poet and the author use the main character in their literary work to contribute to the idea that risking something is worth even momentary happiness.
Richard Wilbur’s “Death Of A Toad” successfully utilizes imagery, diction, and structure to describe the thoughts of the narrator who witnesses a toad’s death and begins to question life’s purpose for all creatures. The narrator describes the garden in which the toad spends its last moments of life with vivid and descriptive imagery to highlight the beauty of nature and signify the idea that even as life ends it is surrounded by more life. The lines, “the garden verge, and sanctuaried him, under the cineraria leaves, in the shade of the ashen and heartshaped leaves,” describe a beautiful sanctuary in which the toad will be able to take his last breath. When one life ends all other life goes on.
In Transfiguration, the narrator Annie Dillard’s use of metaphors and imagery convey that one must entirely devote oneself to one’s passion. Dillard portrays how a moth flies into a candle and “blacken[s]” and “disappear[s] utterly” and she notices that the flame of the candle begins to grow as the parts of the moth begin to vanish. Significantly, the “spectacular skeleton began to act as a wick” which shows that the moth transfigures into a bright flame and has become a different element. The representation of a moth turning into a flame shows how the moth must cease to exist and take on a new form similarly to how Dillard approaches writing. Dillard believes that in order to pursue writing, one must dedicate oneself to the art of writing
There are many times throughout the play where Stanley shows signs of having a napoleonic complex to have authority over women such as Blanche and Stella. Napoleonic Complex is overly aggressive domineering behavior. Many times in the play where Stanley shows his domineering behavior. “I don 't want no ifs ands or buts! Whats all the rest of them papers?”
“Last Child in the Woods” (2008) by Richard Louv Researchers at a New York college are doing experiments to find out if they can choose colors that appear on butterfly wings. An intelligent man named Matt Richtel, decided to create an advertising medium. Louv argues the challenges of people’s attention towards technology versus nature. Louv illustrates the meaning of how essential nature is. Lines 60-62 say, “‘You did what?”
In Virginia Woolf’s “Street Haunting”, the reader follows Woolf through a winter’s walk through London under the false pretense to buy a new pencil. During her journey through the streets of London, she is made aware of a number of strangers. The nature of her walk is altered by these strangers she encounters. Street Haunting comes to profound conclusions about the fluidity of individuality when interacting with other people. Woolf is enabled by the presence of others to subvert her individuality.