Essay on Edgar Allan Poe 's The Raven

1186 Words Feb 16th, 2016 5 Pages
The thought of never knowing what man’s true intentions with you is a quite frightening concept. The dichotomous nature of man is shown in every one of Poe’s tales. This nature displays the truly good side of man, and then the truly bad side of man. For centuries, mankind has reached for the stars using the good nature of themselves. The amiability of man can vanish in just seconds, as displayed in not only the real world, but also in Poe’s wonderous stories. Edgar Allan Poe’s stories brim with gothic elements like anti-catholicism, the supernatural, grotesque, unreliable narrator, revenge, and imprisonment to reveal the dichotomous nature of man.
Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” exhibits anti-catholic emblems and experiences an evil bird. One night, “there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at [his] chamber door” (Line 8). The dark and mysterious atmosphere sets the castle prototype. A large, metal, chamber door is a staple of a castle, which can also hold supernatural experience inside. The narrator, a sad and restless old man, has been mourning the loss of his dear wife, Lenore. A black, mystical, squeaking Raven answers the yes or no questions the elder man throws at the bird. Later in their conversation, the man becomes angry at the bird, calling it a “thing of evil!—prophet still, if bird or devil!” (line 96). The man is angry at the bird for playing with his emotions. The man has decided that it has supernatural powers, that it is a "prophet," that…

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