Symbolism Used In The Raven

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“The Raven” is a narrative poem written by Edgar Allan Poe. Many authors have used talking birds and ravens in their writing, but used in Poe uses the raven to represent a sad longing for his dead wife or lover with the emotions of loneliness, sadness, fear, and then into a madness. “The Raven” was inspired by “A Tale of the Riots Eighty” by Charles Dickens. Throughout the poem, the narrator looks for some answers about seeing his wife, Lenore again in the afterlife. He is devastated and anguished with so much pain it is causing him to be depressed and feels like he is going out of his mind because of her death, his love for her, and loneliness. The narrator can only think about his dead, beautiful wife wishing that she was still alive with…show more content…
In stanza 12, line 5, the poem reads: "...this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore." shows his loneliness and he can feel the presents of a ghost of the dead. The writing tells you that the writer was in a sad, dark, place, even depressed just wanting Lenore to be there with him.'. The setting takes place in the chamber, probably the library or study room of his rich uncle with lost of books around him sitting there reading books trying to get his mind of Lenore when he falls asleep. It is a cold, gloomy, winter day in December which makes the narrator even more lonely and depressed because December is cold, dreary, and the end of a long year. He awakes and thinks he hears a rapping at the door, when he opens the window, a raven flies in and cries out “Nevermore.” At first the narrator thinks the raven may be like an angel there to help him stop thinking about his dead love, Lenore and remind him that he will someday reunite with her. When the speaker of the poem asks the raven if he will see Lenore again, the only thing the raven says is “Nevermore.” The speaker tells the Raven to leave. The speaker is starting to get more agitated and wants to know if the raven is a prophet or the devil. The raven doesn't say, only to make the narrator more obsessive over his dead love which makes his heart burn with torture. As the raven sits upon a the head structure of of Pallas…show more content…
The Raven symbolizes a mournful, never-ending grief and sadness which is making the narrator more depressed. A raven symbolizes, bleak,, cold, stern, and his eyes have a dark, evil feeling of a demon. The statue of Pallas who knows widom of all things make the narrator undermine his own thoughts about heaven or hell making it haunting that there is no everlife. Edgar Allen Poe uses the statue to make the narrator think twice about why the raven is sitting on the particular statue and then feels that the raven does know all
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