Virginia Woolf’s essay “The Death of the Moth” is a piece that is effective in conveying her ideas through the use of language. By using the moth as a metaphor for humans, she shows that the way the moth lives its life is a model for human life. Her overall use of brevity, both in her language and the physical structure of the essay, serves to both convey her ideas and to provide her with powerful images, which are further enhanced by employing a tactic addressed by John Ciardi. Woolf’s essay, although describing the short life of a day moth, is also used as a commentary on human life. Through her language, she effectively implies how the life of the moth is a model for humans to live their lives.