Theme Of Grief In The Raven

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The Raven is Grief
“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe enforces deep sadness and grief upon the reader through literacy context that somehow persuades one’s feelings to agree with the character’s own. From the beginning of the poem, the mood is set instantly to start this unoptimistic tale. Grief, despair, sadness, depression, all of these emotional touches begin to impact the main character. The poem references the raven which casts a shadow over a majority of the story, symbolizing the emotions and realizations of the character. Although the raven is seemingly an actual creature, it is actually a metaphor to represent the character’s grief throughout the poem.
The main character within the poem has experienced the loss of a loved one, Lenore.
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Over time the character begins analyzing the raven only to become distraught with its presence. “‘Wretch,’ I cried, ‘thy God hath lent thee -- by these angles he hath sent thee/ respite- respite and Nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore!’” (Lines 81-82). These lines show that the character believes the raven is from heaven and was sent to rid him of the grief. The raven quotes however “Nevermore” showing he isn’t there to banish the characters sadness. The main character reacts negatively to the response, “‘Prophet!’ said I, ‘thing of evil! -- prophet still, if bird or devil!’” (Line 85). The character now believes the bird is an evil being sent as a demon. The speaker is losing his mind, obviously deranged and grief stricken. This sudden change of perspective outlines the speaker’s degrading mental state from emotional exhaustion. Over the loss of Lenore, the character can be seen as insane. He still tries to find a cure for his depression which the raven responds “Nevermore.” With as much grief as the character is experiencing overtime happiness will become harder even impossible to obtain. Within line 91, the speaker repeats that the raven is a demon, not present to bring the happiness he yearns. With the ravens responses “Nevermore” the speaker who is trying to seek happiness, becomes violent. “’Leave my loneliness unbroken! -- quit the bust above my door! / Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!" / Quoth the raven, ‘Nevermore.’" (Lines 100-102). The character now wants the raven to leave and stop influencing his feelings. The raven however neglects his wishes and remains on the bust. The raven continues to cast a shadow over the narrator’s mental state which is rapidly

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