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In this essay the author uses different methods of personification of insects to describe the same thing - human nature While Thoreau vividly depicts a large-scale battle between two ant species in his yard Virginia Woolf gives a detailed and intimate account of the short life and death of a daytime moth The difference between these two writers isnt simply style or choice of vocabulary which is intended to set an appropriate mood in the two essays but is mainly in their focus on certain parts of insect behavior to relay different perspectives on and ideas about human nature What this difference amounts to is that Thoreaus description of the ants is on a large scale as a whole while Woolfs experience is a very personal and detailed account of the life and death of a single moth In her essay Virginia Woolf is sitting indoors and observing the bustling world outside of her window when she notices a moth crossing the windowpane from corner to corner presumably trying to get inside She makes a contrast between the enormous energy of the moth and its insignificance as it is flying around the windowpane She carefully describes the moths movements and is astonished by how much life and determination is inside the little moth Eventually the moth exhausts itself falling down to the window sill The force of death is slowly taking over as the moth struggles again and again to get up This gigantic effort against such a powerful and unstoppable force amazes Woolf The last signs of vitality fade and the moth is dead What was Woolfs intention in describing the moth in such a dramatic manner To answer this question I used the binary of life and death Life is stranded with the words energy vital light effort and flutter The word death is repeated along with power awkward and stiff The significance of this binary is that it scales down life
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