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1Compare and ContrastAnnie Dillard, the author of “Death of a Moth”, Virginia Woolf, the author of “The Deathof the Moth” and James Thurber the author of “The Moth and the Star” have differentperspectives on each of their essay. Woolf and Dillard deal with the subject of life and death.Annie Dillard sees the value of life, especially in one's death. Virginia Woolf, however, seems toperceive life as pointless and meaningless. Each author writes her essay at a different time ofyear. This has a significant impact on the thoughts and attitudes on each of them. Dillard writesher essay in recollection of a past summer. Summer is a time when life flourishes. The offspringof many animals first come out into the world in summer, signifying the beginning of new life.Because summer is a warm and bright season, energy is at its peak, and spirits high. In thecontrast, Woolf wrote her essay in the fall, a time of change from life of summer to the winter.The autumn is a dark time in which the energy of all living things is washed-out. Even thesummer’s green leaves begin to die out to an orange or red. Fall and summer are totally opposite seasons but the dark time of autumn reflects the darknature of Woolf’s essay and her as a person. Each author writes in a manner that clearly describestheir surroundings. Dillard goes to the woods to relax and enjoy the world. She describes herenvironment in a very straight-forward manner painting a vivid image of the setting. Even theworms and “twiggy dirt” received mention. She is then inspired by her book and surroundings.Woolf writes from an entirely different perspective. Instead she describes only what is outside,providing evidence that Woolf isolates herself from the rest of the world, instead of embracingand enjoying it as Dillard did while writing her essay. According to Woolf, death isoverwhelming. Nothing can defeat death, because lastly the moth has agreed that death is
2Compare and Contraststronger than him, although he tried to save himself from death, but he failed to do so. Heaccepted the fact that in front of death no one can exist. On the other hand, according to Dillard, death is not the only end of the life. Because thegolden female moth literally started to glow after it was stuck in the wax and it seemed that thewax put the moth a dress and she started to glow. According to Dillard, after the death of themoth it seems that it was celebrating the last celebration of its life as it was glowing. AlsoDillard’s moth is a wild moth which connects with fire, whereas Woolf’s moth is a pretty moth, abutterfly. The similarities between the two pieces are seen just in the titles. However, the piecesreveal several differences. While both Dillard and Woolf wrote extensive and detailed essays

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