Essay on Edgar Allan Poe 's The Raven

1050 Words Nov 10th, 2015 5 Pages
You’re sitting alone in the obscurity of night; reading a book, and nodding in and out of consciousness. Suddenly out of the deafening silence, you hear a rapping, a tapping at your door. Startled, you arise from your dreamy stupor to answer the rapping, the tapping. You open the door to find no one is there. Was it imagination? Is it insanity? With your mind racing, you think of your lost lover. Were they coming back to you? Did they long for you from beyond the grave like you did for them every second of every day? This, I imagine, is what was going through Edgar Allan Poe’s mind as he composed “The Raven.” The narrator, whose name is unknown, is living his own nightmare. His lost lover, Leonor, had previously passed; he has grieved every second since. The room contains only a deafening silence, which seems to whisper, “Leonor… Leonor…” Trying to forget her, he hears a knocking at his door. He answers, expecting an unexpected visitor, but he finds nothing. Dismissing the thought, he guesses it must be the wind, so he opens the window. As he opens it, in flies a raven, startling the narrator. The raven flies onto a statue poised above the door, and the narrator asks its’ name. “Nevermore…” the raven replies. The man continues pestering the raven with questions, to no prevail. Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.” (line 48). In Poe’s story “The Raven,” he shows us how fear may often only be fear in itself. “The Raven” is a story full of symbolism; from hellish nights, to ravens of…

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