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The Raven Response Essay

947 words - 4 pages

The Raven is a poem that tells of the emotional turmoil in the mind of a man. First of all, Poe’s use of Greek, Roman God’s and terminology in this poem was overwhelming compared to his other stories. There are many Gods and phrases that he references to that help the reader understand the story. Also, there is evidence that Poe has portrayed bits of his life through the narrator. Poe lost a loved one, and he is reflecting it through the narrator. Next, when the raven arrives the narrator is extremely curious. He begins to ask questions about his lost Lenore because he needs to know if she is okay. Last, the bird may represent a part of the narrator’s mind. It may be the rational part that ...view middle of the document...

He may have thought that the bird came from the hell. This is what made him believe it was a thing of evil. The bird unsettled him, and he became frightened.
In the story, the raven may have been a connection to the Roman God Apollo. For example, Apollo is the God of the arts, but he is also known for promoting growth, rebuilding, and healing. Now since the narrator was mourning the death of his lost Lenore, the raven may represent the rebuilding and restoration of his life. The bird is trying to say to mourn no longer and to rebuild and flourish. The narrator does not catch the hint and is frustrated at his inability to understand.
The narrator is always stating the name, “Lenore.” This is the lost loved one whom he is mourning over. This love also correlates with Poe’s life because his wife, Virginia Clemm, died early on which traumatized him greatly. He reflects this sadness and grief in this piece, and goes on to write another piece entitled, “Lenore.” In the first few lines of this piece, he states, “Let the bell toll! -a saintly soul floats on the Stygian river” This river may also be known as the River Styx, the river into the underworld. This shows that Poe has reflected his life into the narrator. Both are afraid that their lost Lenore is in the underworld. He wants only the best for his wife, and is concerned for her well-being.
When the raven first appears on the narrator’s bust of Pallas, he is very inquisitive. He asks questions of Lenore which the raven replies with the monotonous...

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