Here, I am using figurative language to show the theme. “Then the bird said,’Nevermore’” This quote used personification. This is after the bird has come into the chamber of the narrator and sits above the door, and the bird is saying “Nevermore” as to mean that the narrator’s grief will never go away. “And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming.” This quote is using a metaphor. This quote takes place after the bird flies into the chamber and sits above the door, and is ‘taunting’ the narrator.
Many people would not be afraid of a simple bird such as a raven, however, there is a man who is terrified of one. Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” is about a man who is mourning for his lost love, Lenore. One night in December, he is visited by an ebony, demonic Raven. The Raven constantly annoys the narrator and he is slowly driven to madness. Poe uses symbolism to illustrate the narrator’s loneliness and his grief for Lenore, as well as allusions to depict the dark, despairing mood of this poem.
After a loss of a loved one some people tend to have a lot of regret of not spending enough time with that person, hoping they know you love them, and many more reasons why. His regret is evident by describing the raven as “this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore” (line 70). You can’t do anything with regret. It’s just like an empty hole and you can’t take any good memories from it. In the main character’s case his lovely wife left him widowed and he would stay up till midnight.
Alvarez writes, “Deep within her, something stirs, an itch she can’t get to….But the beating inside her is more desperate than hunger, a moth wild inside a lampshade,” (Page 83) showcasing the black bird attempting to remove itself from Yolanda’s body. Before Yolanda regurgitates the black bird, she is overwhelmed with a sexual attraction towards Dr. Payne, her therapist; the black bird swirling inside of her represents her desires. Yolanda’s character exploits her attraction and being affectionate towards Dr. Payne, but is unable to express those feelings towards him because the bird is preventing her to do so. In addition, the black bird signifies Yolanda’s inability to communicate because she believes that her words will harm the people she cares about. The bird symbolizes the manifestation of Yolanda’s words: “Delight and surprise are written all over its wing grin.
Firstly, the narrator's anger at the raven shows true nature during his troubled times. When the narrator begins to talk about Lenore, he asks the raven if he'll ever see Lenore again, and the raven says nevermore. Then, the narrator becomes angry which is his true nature. Again the narrator asks a question to which the
The mouse ensnared by the trap is included to show that the speaker truly will never again trust love, always afraid that it is a deception. This displays that it will be hard for the speaker to ever love again because he does not wish to endure the same pain he has previously dealt with. The succeeding metaphoric image is the scorched fly, which is interesting because the fly is the universal symbol of death, which could be seen here as the death of his love life. The fly in this image has already been burnt by the flames of a fire, which suggests that the speaker has been hurt by his love. This fly “will hardly come again to play with fire” (line 10), so the speaker is saying that he will no longer come near her or, as the title points out, “look upon her” in fear of being burnt again.
The narrator imagined the knock; it was all in their head. The audience was able to experience this knock because it was in first person point of view. Another way “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe creates an effect of insanity is when the narrator is “told” by the raven that he will never see his love again, even in death and there is no healing for his pain and grief. This causes him to fly into a frenzy- “‘Be that word a sign of parting, bird or fiend!’ I shrieked, upstarting- ‘Get thee back into the tempest and the Night’s Plutonian shore! Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
Edgar Allan Poe utilizes diction, including connotation and denotation, and allusion in order to shift the central tension from melancholy, desperation, to indignance in the Raven. The author begins the poem by introducing the background information of the story, stating the midnight as “dreary” and his physical state as “weak and weary.” (Line 1) “Dreary” carries denotations of depression and sullenness, setting the mood for the rest of the poem and depicting a night that makes the narrator enervated and helpless. In this dreary night, the weak and weary narrator’s reading of a volume of forgotten lore can be interpreted figuratively as his suffering from melancholy and finding a way to end his misery over losing his lover Lenore. After the
By telling the poem “The Raven “in first person point of view we learn that the narrator is alone Because we hear his thoughts as well as his spoken words we learn of the loss of his beloved, “For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore—“ the poem continues to chronicle the narrators search for the source of the noise. Without the first person point of view the narrators madness and anxiety would not be clear, Poe made it clear that the loss of a loved can create madness that can last forever. In the poem “The Raven,” Edgar Allen Poe uses repetition to builds suspense. The name "Lenore" is used repeatedly. Letting us be aware of the speaker's sense of love.
For instance, while the speaker anticipates her majestic departure with Christ, “There interposed a Fly” (12). Here, Dickinson’s symbolic representation of the fly reveals the speaker’s ironic death. The fly, representing the eerie darkness and reality of death, interrupted the speaker’s magnificent death and replaced it with a quick, meaningless passing. Rather than experiencing a revelation or departing this world with God, she passes while hearing the buzzing of a fly. This irony occurs by the lackluster reality of the great expectations of both the speaker and the mourners.
The narrator is impatiently waiting for the night to be over with because he is reminiscing over his lost love, Lenore. He said the angels named her Lenore, implying that she was so beautiful and heavenly. By this it is assumed that Lenore was the narrator’s love of his life. Finally, in the last line of the second stanza, Poe is talking about how Lenore is nameless because she is dead. Further into the poem, Poe writes, “Darkness there and nothing more.” (Poe, “The Raven”).