The moth’s foolish attempts were commendable as “He flew vigorously to one corner of his compartment, and after waiting there a second, flew across to the other. What remains for him but of the to fly to a third corner and then to the forth? ” (Woolf) The moth is trapped by a window whereas Woolf is also trapped by her mental illness.
She experienced her first depressive episode at age 15, after the death of her mother and then her half-sister two years later. In 1904, after her father died, she experienced her second episode of depression and was briefly hospitalized. Sexual abuse from half-brothers also contributed to her mental illness. (Fitzpatrick)
Woolf‘s mental ill was later found out to be what is known now today as “bipolar disorder”. Bipolar disorder is when someone is experience an extreme emotion or feeling for no particular reason, for an extended period of time, and sometimes have psychotic symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations.
However Woolf, unlike the moth, has the power to reason whereas the moth relies on instinct for their actions. For example, the moth’s first instinct is to escape