The Use Of Sadness In The Raven By Edgar Allen Poe

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Mental illness is a problem that has plagued society for centuries. Sadness is an emotion that all people have experienced in their lives, particularly after the loss of a loved one. When sadness turns in to depression, and obsessive rumination defies reason, mental illness takes over and spirals out of control. In the Raven, Poe uses to uses diction, tone, imagery, symbolism, and rhythm show that depression and mental illness are relentless.
The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe is a narrative poem about a man who is depressed over the death of the woman he loves. Poe uses melancholic, but formal, diction throughout the poem to depict the narrator’s solemn mood. In stanza eight, lines four and five, “Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering
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Regardless of the question asked, his answer never changes. The Raven is taunting the narrator by not giving him any hope at all that he will see Lenore again. Nor, is the Raven ever going to leave his home, even when the narrator succumbs to suicide, in stanza 18, lines one, two, five and six, the Raven “still is sitting on the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door . . . And my soul from out that shadow that flies floating on the floor—Shall be lifted-nevermore!” The repetitive use of nevermore gives the narrator no hope that he will be happy …show more content…
The Raven is a black bird that symbol of “ill-omen” (Hallqvist). Black is clearly a melancholy color, and it symbolizes depression. The Raven equates with a demon from hell that came to torture him further than his ruminating already has. When the raven perches on the bust of Pallas above the door, this is an allegory that the narrator thinks the raven speaks from wisdom. Pallas is the goddess of wisdom in Greek Mythology (Hallqvist). The setting of the poem is also a metaphor for depression. The protagonist is inside of his chamber in the night during winter. Winter is a bleak season often equated with death, the night is a symbol for the unknown of what will be next in life. Poe’s use of midnight in the first stanza is a symbol for an end of the

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