Symbolism In The Raven By Edgar Allan Poe

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“The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe has a lot of different feels about it. The main idea of the story is about a man whose love of his life died and he believes is still alive. One key aspect is that Poe uses is a raven as a symbol to show him that she is gone also as a symbol of his grief, anger, sorrow, hope and a small sign of joy about the whole situation.The beginning of the poem he his sitting and reading and out of nowhere someone knocked on his door but while he was getting up to go get it he started thinking of Lenore the love of his life (“I had sought to borrow from my books surcease of sorrow-sorrow for the lost Lenore”line 9-10). When he goes to open the door, he opened the door to darkness and thought he heard the whisper of Lenore; so he whispers back “Lenore.” Then it stops and he goes back inside but he believes Lenore is coming back to him. While he’s inside he starts to hear tapping on his window but didn’t think much about it, then it happens again but louder (“Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before”line 32). So he goes over to the window and opens it and when he does a raven comes in. He sat there and looked at it and asked the name of the raven. The raven answered with nevermore. Then he asks the bird what such name is nevermore but the bird could and would only say that one word nevermore. Through all of that he gets mad at the bird for not being Lenore and falls while the shadow of the bird lays over him. Sorrow can be a very bad thing

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