“I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him.” This is just one quote of many, Poe’s creepy stories that he wrote in his lifetime. In Poe’s stories the narrator wanted to solve a problem, but he went about it the wrong way so, people die and the narrator got caught. In some of Poe’s short stories, the theme, not to let depression or grief make one to turn to alcohol, is shown throughout the conflict, figurative language, and setting. In “The Raven” a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe, the theme is shown through conflict. The conflict was shown through person versus self.
The author uses setting, imagery, and repetition to create the atmosphere. The setting it is aft his house in the middle of the night and the raven the bird. The author uses imagery is creepy because it is dark then a bird flies in and it starts talking and saying nevermore. The author uses repetition when the bird keeps on saying nevermore. The thesis statem is it is scarey because
However, as the atmosphere of the room became increasingly tense and shrouded, the speaker began to slip out of reality. The raven truly drove the speaker to insanity due to the repetitious answers provided by it. The raven mirrors the speaker due to this repetitious cycle of “nevermore”. The speaker, much like the raven’s response, is drowned within this endless cycle of hopelessness and despair.
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.
‘No, not him!’…And now, down it dives towards the man she wants immune to her words’’ (Page 84). The bird attacking Dr. Payne displays Yolanda’s fear of her own words, the fear that the language she speaks will hurt her loved ones. She is threatened of the hostile words that will transpire from her, and due to her dismay she will harm everyone around her. Her character develops as someone who is fearful of her highly advanced intelligence, and that her fear will consume her identity of never being able to communicate properly again. The black bird is used once again as a representation of Yolanda’s mental distress.
The quote displays that the raven has a raspy voice from repeatedly saying that King Duncan will die. This is important because ravens are usually viewed as a low and ghoulish species which foreshadows that something bad could happen to King Duncan. Later on in the play it states “On Tuesday last / A falcon, towering in her pride of place, / Was by a mousing owl hawk'd at and kill'd" (2.4.11-13). This shows an owl killed a falcon and can be interpreted as Macbeth being the owl and killing Duncan who is the falcon. The use of birds are an effective motif that foreshadows some future events.
He refers the smell of the cellar as “a congress of stinks”, which directly makes the readers feel unpleasant to the situation of the cellar. “Congress” underlines that the cellar is chaotic and disorganized. Moreover, the poet brings the smells to the readers by specifically choosing words to intensify the meaning, such as “ripe”, “pulpy”, “rank” and “rich”. These adjectives make the readers feel more disgusted about the roots. Also, he compares the roots as “old bait”, which shows that the roots become fragmental in addition to their displeasing smell.
Poe is able to describe how anger feels, describe how it feels to love someone than lose them in a matter of seconds, describe how it feels to hate and despise someone with a burning passion, until the reader feels as though they will crack under pressure. Poe’s fantastic grasp on diction and the creation of images in the reader’s mind, can be seen in the The Fall of the House of Usher, when the narrator says “During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens…” (paragraph 1) . Poe was able to show how the sky looked even though the reader wasn’t able to see it through their own eyes. His words has a certain way to them, to make the reader believe they are standing right next to him as he is writing the story. The imagery in the piece can also materialize the thoughts of the reader to see how the characters are beginning down a slippery-slope toward nothingness.
Though Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories like, The Cask of Amontillado, to his poems like, The Raven, Poe’s shows his writing style to use physical imagery and connotative syntax to show ,imagery in his writing. Throughout his life, Poe had always lived through the most chaotic and evil of time. His parents died while he was 3 years old. After his parents died, he lived with another family member who never accepted him as their own son. Later on in life, Poe had served in the military and at that point he started writing poems.