The Suspense In Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven

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In Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven the narrator is home alone reading books in sorrow because he 's grieving for a lost woman, someone named Lenore. Could this woman be his wife or girlfriend? The narrator never tells us exactly who Lenore was to him. Perhaps she is among the angels and has left him behind, alone. In Line 10 he hopes that his pain will soon come to an end by what he calls “surcease from sorrow”. During his reading he eventually falls asleep only to be awaken by a tapping at his door. The narrator gets frightened by this random tapping and he tries to convince himself that it’s just a visitor. The more he says it doesn’t change the fact that there is a random tapping on his door in the middle on the night. Eventually, he …show more content…
Then, suddenly, the narrator opens the door and surprisingly he finds nothing but darkness in the night. Edgar Allan Poe takes his readers to a suspense as if we were in a horror movie. The narrator could close the door and go back to his book or his nap like a normal person, but he 's fixated on something else. In line 26 he states that his mind is feeling with crazy thoughts and terrible dreams. The narrator is obsessed with one idea, or, we could say with one person. Meanwhile, the narrator is puzzled as to why there wasn’t anyone standing in the door when suddenly, he hears the name of the lost woman that was mentioned in the first stanza “Lenora”. Out of nowhere a Raven appears and sits right on the narrator’s statue. This statue is important in the poem. The narrator describes it as a "bust" which is a statue that goes from the head to the middle of the torso. He also mentions that the statue is a Pallas which is another name for the Greek goddess Athena. Athena is known primarily as a goddess of Wisdom. With that being said the Raven could also be a symbol of wisdom. The narrator seems so intrigued by the Raven that he sits for a while and analyze the Raven’s actions and words. Repeating line 43 the narrator says how it “beguiles his fancy”. The narrator seems like an obsessive guy, and he wants answers from this raven besides

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