The moth tries to fly but is unable and therefore it falls on its rear and starts to position itself right by scrabbling on the air. The moth grows tied and stops moving as death encroach inevitably (107). It is a good illustration of how pathetic the struggle between life and death is. Woolf recognizes that not only “death is stronger” than the moth. But also stronger than her life too.
Critic Lilia Melani stated that “The death in this poem is painless, yet the vision of death it presents is horrifying, even gruesome. The appearance of an ordinary, insignificant fly at the climax of a life at first merely startles and disconcerts us. But by the end of the poem, the fly has acquired dreadful meaning. Clearly, the central image is the fly. It makes a literal appearance in three of the four stanzas and is what the speaker experiences in dying.
Human mortality and the permeable limits of sickness, life and death is a fascination of the characters in Cunningham’s novel. Cunningham’s quote refers to death and the ways in which death can occur, “jump out of windows... by accident... devoured by some disease.” Richard’s illness causes Clarissa to wonder about the way that time acts on people and tends to change them. It also brings to notice that time is irreversible. Richard’s illness is parallel to his decaying armchair which he refuses to throw out and clings to even though Clarissa refers to it as “being sick”. Holding on to this chair, is like holding on to hope.
"You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don't give it the power to do its killing." Their flirting is charming. He tells her: "You are so busy being you that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are." They're serious readers who love to play with words and poke at the clichés of CancerWorld. When someone says of a boy who died, "he fought hard," Hazel thinks to herself, "as if there were another way to fight."
Emily Thomas Professor Marshall English 1102 13 February 2012 The Experience of Death and Denial Throughout Life Although Miss Emily and Granny Weatherall are very different on the outside, their shared internal values and the way they experience death and denial are very similar. Death and denial can both create a significant impact on one’s life by causing many emotional and psychological problems. Death is something everyone has to experience in his or her life whether it is just a friend or a family member. Death can come by surprise or you can watch someone slowly die in agony, while being in denial can create the same effect. In William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” and Katherine Ann Porter’s “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” they both examine the central theme of death and denial throughout the two short stories.
He polarises her life into red and white, saying “In the pit of red, you hid from the bone-clinic whiteness”, using negative metaphorical connotations for both colours. He feels that when she gave up blue, she lost normality, symbolising blue as a precious “jewel” which she lost. Hughes’ view of the colour blue is conflicted in Sylvia when Plath suicides. By wearing dull blue-grey clothing in this scene, Plath’s happiness is paralleled with vibrant red colours. Sombre non-diegetic music sets the mood, while an extreme close-up focuses on her fumbling hands.
Overall, as a person disconnected with the occupations of “reader” and “writer,” Woolf’s essay helps me to see that the most needs to be made out of life, because we are here for only a short time. Woolf’s essay, although describing the short life of a day moth, is also used as an interpretation on human life. Through her language, she effectively implies how the life of the moth is a model for humans to live their lives. The imagery shows the moth to be a “thread of vital light.” Even though this moth may seem irrelevant, it is exerting all of its energy into its life. He flutters around the window, not only with energy, but with “passion,” something Woolf suggests that humans should be doing.
By putting this information in the prologue the audience already feels sympathy for the young couple as we know that their love will be a tragic one ending in death. Their families’ feud is described as an, “ancient grudge”. This tells us just how long their feud has been going on for and it’s so old that they forgotten about how it started in the first place. ‘Ancient’ is a powerful word, you wouldn’t describe something that happened a few years ago ancient. Shakespeare uses these words to tell us what the grudge actually is, which are not important at all, just a useless, pointless argument.
However in the end, Myrtle is killed, and her heart is left open for all to see, only to finally blend into the dust she had rebelled against for so long. Gatsby, on-the-other-hand, though he lives in West Egg, also has his dreams robbed by the valley of ashes. Because of his connection to Myrtle through the Buchanans, Gatsby dies at the hands of George; whose hopelessness epitomizes the very personality of the valley of ashes. With Gatsby’s death, Fitzgerald reveals that even though one may not have ever come into contact with the waste that materialistic society expels, the waste created by commercialism can and will at times strike when the blow is least
In addition, Atticus was able to predict he would lose the case because of the prejudiced town. Despite everything going against him, Mr. Finch took on the case because he knew it was the right thing to do. Atticus even said, “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win,” (Lee). This is nearly the definition of courage. Mrs. Dubose was another character that showed courage in To Kill A Mockingbird.