Following deaths of moths each writers work displays

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following deaths of moths, each writer’s work displays influence from different styles and tone,and each moth have a different effect on the respective writer. “Dillard utilizes graphicdescription in her writing, contrasting with Woolf’s deferential and serious writing. Dillard isaffected by allowing her to consider the concept of eternity and purpose after death. Conversely,Woolf reflects on her own life and the human race, as she compares the moth to herself, throughthis essay she reflects herself as a kind of introvert and lonely person” (studymode.com, 2006).Dillard writes about life and death, and compares the moth to a “virgin gone to heaven”.Woolf writes about the death of the moth as a just a part of life, and states how conquers all. Anextra use of description emphasizes Dillard’s unique and detailed style. “Dillard uses graphicverbs to describe the death of a moth” (studymode.com, 2006). For example, in the midst of thedeath, Dillard describes it by saying, “And her head jerked in spasms, making a spattering noise;her antennae crisped and burnt away...” (This is the moment when the moth dies.) (Dillard, pg
3Compare and Contrast108). However, she still manages to make the moth seem beautiful by calling its body, “aspectacular skeleton” (Dillard, pg 109), and comparing the moth’s wings to angels’ wings.Dillard’s use of description allows readers to visualize the moth and its death. Dillard isrelatively emotionally unaffected by the moth’s death, as opposed to Woolf, as seen in sentencestructure. Dillard’s skillful description mixes brutality with beauty in order to describe death.On the other hand Woolf’s essay “The Death of the Moth”, Woolf placed a lot ofsignificance on life before death. She gave a very detailed description of the life of the mothduring the few hours it was alive. Woolf begins by describing the moth as not being as beautifulas a butterfly but yet content with life “They are hybrid creatures, neither gay like butterflies norsomber”. “Nevertheless the present specimen…….seemed to be content with life” (Woolf, pg57). She compared the moth's energy to that of nature observed outside the window and pitiedhim. It was not till the moth began his struggle to remain alive and keep that energy did Woolfpay close attention once again. Woolf description of the moth fight against the inevitable- death,symbolizes man's desire to live and not die “I looked as if for the enemy against which hestruggled” (Woolf, pg 58). In one aspect, Woolf's perspective of death is viewed as an enemy,something that is not welcomed or embraced easily. On the other hand, Woolf acknowledges thatdeath is inevitable and in the end, the moth showed acceptance towards death. Woolf believesthat one should live their life and enjoy it to the fullest, because death is inevitable and no matter

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