Symbolism In The Raven By Edgar Allan Poe

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The Raven Symbolism “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,madness, and death. “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 as he stares into the raven's eyes that burn the narrator’s heart. He is devastated and anguished with so much pain it is causing him to be depressed and feels like he is losing his mind because of her death, his love for her, and his loneliness. The narrator can only …show more content…
The narrator can stare into the bird’s eyes that look like they are on fire and he feels swallowed up in it. The writing tells you that the writer has been 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 disoriented 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 night in December which makes the narrator even more lonely and depressed because December is cold, dreary, and the end of a long, sad …show more content…
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, if there is any life after death or only the grave. The raven doesn't say, which only makes the narrator more obsessive over his dead love which makes his heart burn with torture. Poe does not make it clear if the raven is a real, physical bird inside the narrator’s room or if the slightly mad narrator made it all up inside his own head. 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 raven has now sat upon the head structure of Pallas, which in greek mythology is the goddess of

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