Death As The Change That Ends All Changes



Apart from knowing that death is certain and people struggle to live despite death, Woolf also struggles to understand life, so she struggles to understand death that can be depressing and lead to suicide. Death is a change from existence to nothingness. Existence itself is hard to understand, but so is death. Woolf says: “Just as life had been strange a few minutes before, so death was now as strange” (3). Woolf ponders on the meaning of life and death. Miriam Dauben understands this concern. She says that many people are fearful of death because they cannot even understand life, and yet they have to deal with death too: "…death is not easy to define because life is not easy to [italics from original work]" (2). Dauben puts life in italics because people have a hard time understanding how something can end something that is also undefined. It is like two strange things canceling each other out making everything even the more stranger. John Skelton agrees with Dauben that people want to make sense of death, but often, it means making sense of life too. He believes that literature on death serves the purpose of understanding life and death. He says: "One of the central tasks of literature is to impose a structure on life. Literature is a way for authors to make sense of the meaning of life and death. Literature is also a way of helping the audience in thinking about these issues of living and dying too. unresolved. Woolf commits suicide a year after she wrote "The Death of the Moth."