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The Raven

The Raven written by Edgar Allan Poe is a very famous poertry.
"The most obvious symbol is the Raven its self.  Poe uses the non-reasoning
raven because he wants to make us wondering why he had chosen the raven from
all the other birds., and frustrate us by wondering why the raven is
repeating the word nevermore. He is
surprised to hear the bird speak and he thinks that no living human has
ever had a bird just sit there and talk to him, and with such a name as
Nevermore. This might be the point where he realises that he is dying.  It
is also important that the answers to the questions are already known, but in a
way it helps to illustrate the self-torture the narrator exposes himself to.
Another symbol is the Pallas. . It seemed that the bird had a purpose for
being there.  In the whole room the raven decides toperch on the Greek
Goddess of Wisdom, because in a way or another he is  trying
to make us  believe that the raven speaks from wisdom? Or was Poe just
using a word only some could interpret? "And the Raven, never flitting,
still is sitting, still is sitting On
the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door; And his eyes have
all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming, And the lamp-light o'er
him streaming throws his shadow on the floor; And my soul from out
that shadow that lies floating on the floor Shall be lifted NEVERMORE."
Through this quotation the bird has disobeyed him and is just sitting above
the
door staring at him. His soul is caught under the bird shadow as he
passes away and it is lifted up to heaven and his fair Lenore.
   Poe uses midnight and December for the time the story takes place because
both represent an end to something, and alsothe anticipation of something
new. A new year comes after midnight,
also a new day; and December represents the end of a year. Finally
when I picture the room the narrator is positioned in and  remembering the
past, remembering how weak and weary he felt. He remembers himself
he was like a lonely  and sorrowful, and the richly furnished room reminds
him of his lost love,
Lenore. And the tempest (storm) outside shows more of his isolation,
and is a contrast between the calmness of the chamber and the
tempestuous night. I believe Poe put no moral in " The Raven", but his
stories were more like puzzles that he wanted people to poke and pry at
, and in the end to accomplish nothing. He has accomplished his goals
by making many Poe readers go a little insane by trying to figure out the
logic of his insane stories. In summary of this poem I get a feeling of a
lonely old man who would
accept death until he comes face to face with it, where he fights with all
his remaining strength to survive. He issurprised to hear the bird speak and
he thinks that no living human hasever had a bird just sit there and talk to
him, and with such a name as
Nevermore.))) This might be the point where he realises that he is dying. ))

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