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The Man-Moth

The Man-Moth

  

by Elizabeth Bishop

The Man-Moth Ambition Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Line)

Quote #4

(Man, standing below him, has no such illusions.) (22)

This refers back to line 6-8. Is Man better off without these illusions, or is he missing out on some depth in his life?

Quote #5

But what the Man-Moth fears most he must do, although
he fails, of course, and falls back scared but quite unhurt. (23-24)

The Man-Moth is dreaming the impossible dream. He fails because it's impossible, but his failures don't bother him a bit. He gets up, dusts himself off, and goes about his business.

Quote #6

Each night he must
be carried through artificial tunnels and dream recurrent dreams. (33-34)

How does this tunnel compare or contrast with the tube on line 21?

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