The reader can thereby relate the pitiful life of the moth with that of Virginia Woolf’s own failure to “triumph” over death. Now turning the tables to Annie Dillard’s “Death of a Moth”, the reader experiences a bit more violence in the demise of the moth. Contrasting to Woolf’s aspect of death in her essay, Dillard focuses more on the physical casualties that plague the moth. “Her moving wings ignited like tissue paper” then “vanished in a fine, foul smell”. “Her six legs clawed,
Plath’s ironic view on death helps her to explore how death has affected her personally, she does this by using a 3rd person point of view in her poem ‘Edge’ which describes her state and appearance after death. Both poets introduce speakers who have different views on death. In Larkin’s poem ‘Ambulances’ the ambulance is a literal and metaphorical symbol of death. The speaker believes that death is inevitable and will eventually capture us all; Larkin’s speaker uses a specific declarative sentence ‘all streets in time are visited’ which suggests the random nature of death, accidents, sickness and how death is unavoidable. Larkin’s speaker also used the ambulance to symbolise that the common fear of death is always just around the corner for us all.
“Zapped while zipping” (107) is what they all said because Lavender died while returning from going to the bathroom. Cross takes the death very hard. Kiowa, one of Cross’s soldiers, talked about how he wished he could feel the grief that Cross was feeling.
But, what holds them both back? One is just a bug and another is a human being, but sympathetically, which one has it worse? These two short essays brought me a lot of questions by looking from the other side of death from a different perspective. Virginia Woolf explains the life duration of a moth that is trapped. Going in grand detail of how this insects life should be lived, comparing a moth to a butterfly.
The Death of a Moth also pushes beyond the metaphor of death by going into acceptance of the Moth’s death. While both stories stick true to their themes, both stories are intertwined in more ways than one. Upon capture in A Chase, the author describes how she would have “died happy, for nothing has required so much of me…” which in itself is a form of acceptance. The Moth is a metaphor for Virginia Woolf’s eagerness for death and her fight against depression. Virginia herself drowned herself by placing stones in her pockets and drowning herself.
In the late 1800s many writers had a fascination with nature. One such writer was Virginia Woolf who chose to base her essay “The Death of the Moth” on the eternal struggle between life and death for the titular creature. This essay while giving off the façade that death is a simple matter, proves it to be a complex tribulation even for a creature as insignificant as the moth. Although the title gives the illusion that the essay will focus of the death of the insect, the speaker allows an introspective into its life allowing the reader to establish a connection with the animal that would in any other situation be considered as meaningless as stepping on an ant while walking down the street. The essay starts by describing the moth by saying, “They are hybrid creatures, neither gay like butterflies nor sombre like their own species.” The speaker says this to make it clear to the reader the moth she was about to describe was neither to be grouped with the rest of its melancholic species nor to be grouped with the butterfly, a far more cheerful species.
Lines that predict Romeo's death is when Juliet says, "O God, I have an ill-divining soul. /Methinks I see thee now, thou art so low/As one dead in the bottom of a tomb." (Shakespear, 3, v, 54) 4. The metaphors Capulet uses to describe Juliet's sobbing are: "Thou counterfeit’st a bark, a sea, a wind, /For still thy eyes, which I may call the sea, /Do ebb and flow with tears. The bark thy body is, /Sailing in this salt flood.
The speaker uses, “a flight of small cheeping birds,” as a metaphor for old age (2-3). The death of the old lady comes “by a dark wind-”(9). Though the dark wind is the metaphor that brings the old lady to her death, the actual death does not occur until “the flock has rested” (12). The speaker ends the poem with “a shrill piping of plenty” which can be thought of as the woman’s loved ones in mourning (17-18). In the final line, the speaker uses alliteration with “piping of plenty” (18).
Stephanie Eshleman Mrs. Scherer English 102 3T The Infamous Deaths of Glory “She went down in all her glory,” is a common phrase heard when talking about the Titanic, and no, not the movie. The poem “Titanic” by David R. Slavitt tells the tale of this infamously famous ship as if it were some sort of fairy tale ending. Slavitt tries to soothe the harsh reality of the sinking by stating that “the cries on all sides must be a comfort” (13). To say that it is a comfort to die along with others is true, as many people want someone by their death beds, even third class steerage. However, in the anesthetic cold water the first class and some steerage were dying together (12).
Ophelia would not answer, but instead sing about a death of a mate and the departure of a young lady's purity. Her brain went wild and Kenneth Branagh made a decent showing revealing to us how she got to be rationally sick after Polonius’s death. The point when Laertes came in, the on-screen character made a decent showing demonstrating how irate he was over his father's death. What suprised me in the film was that we had the capacity to perceive how Cladius overcame the point at which he was debilitated to death by Laertes. In these times, I thought Kings and Queens are so influential that in the event that somebody such as Laertes who disregarded a king would be slaughtered or be bannished from the nation.