Fly Away : Dark Romanticism Essay

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Fly Away: Dark Romanticism in “The Raven”

“The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?” Edgar Allan Poe (BrainyQuote). This relates to “The Raven” because the man is unsure where his lover Lenore has gone but he shouldn 't let a bird tell him she is gone forever. “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe tells of a man (protagonist) who is mourning over the loss of his Lenore; the man tries to forget by reading books in his chamber (setting) but is bothered by a rapping on his interior door. To his surprise there was no one at the door but when he opens the window a raven (antagonist) enters and only responds “Nevermore” to all of the his questions (main conflict and rising action). The man asks if he will ever say Lenore again and the raven answers with “Nevermore.” The man now very upset he tries to get the bird to leave but after quite some time he just gives in and realizes it not worth it to fight anymore (climax, falling action resolution). Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” strongly demonstrates the Dark Romanticism literary style. The narrative poem gives multiple examples of gothic traits, the fight between good versus evil, negative emotions, and general negative diction.
To begin with, Poe uses many gothic traits in his piece of literature.[D:Pos] First, Poe mentions “purple curtain” (line 13).[E:Quote] Typically in reference to the gothic era purple was often a sign of power royalty,…

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