The Death Of A Moth By Annie Dillard Analysis

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When the topic of death comes into a conversation, it is one that is often avoided, or never completely understood. A question that many people will ask themselves at one point or another is, "am I doing all that I can to live my life to the best of its potential?" Today, life seems to be structured on top of the big picture of doing all that is possible to ensure that in death, there will be no unresolved questions. In Annie Dillard's short story, "The Death of a Moth," these questions are reflected on through different perspectives as she expresses the possibilities of lost and triumphant fulfillment after death. One thought that Dillard spends a lot of time describing in her writing is the image of the dead insect corpses left from the spider in her bathroom. The corpses seemed so insignificant and unneeded, especially because even the spider saw no value in them (it only wanted what could keep it alive). These corpses seem to represent what a life would be like to die without accomplishment. They are like forgotten souls who failed to leave a mark on the world. "Yet under the web are sixteen or so corpses she has tossed to the floor," is a significant line because although they aren't recognized as anything greater than a dead bug, they served a purpose to keep another life (the spider) alive. It seems like that, in…show more content…
There was something significant that she saw in them, "the empty moths, stagger against each other, headless, in a confusion…" This line has an underlying idea that the moths are confused, because metaphorically, they look lost and empty because they weren't able to find the one thing that brings them the feeling of life fulfillment (due to the fact that their lives ended short). Their purpose lingers within their empty and missing heads which have gone missing, representing their forever lost

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