The Raven By Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven

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August Bell 12/4/ 13 Prompt Two “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe is a poem that was written during 1800-1850. It tells the story of a young man mourning over the loss of his love, Lenore. One night he was reading “forgotten lore” as a way to rid his mind of his lost love. But as he was reading, he heard a “rapping at his chamber's door” it first reveals nothing when he goes to investigate the noise. But when the noise arises again, he goes to check and it is a Raven, who just sits “On a bust of Pallas above the door”. Then, he begins to ask the Raven questions. He asks whether or not he'll be reunited with his love again in Heaven, to which the Raven replies, “Nevermore.”Poe. Before he began inquiring about his lost love, he noticed a strong smell of perfume and began to call himself a wretch, thinking he's gone crazy. He realizes that it is the Raven's doing. This angers the narrator and he begins to call the Raven a “thing of evil” and a “prophet”.Poe At the end, the narrator admits that his soul is trapped under the raven's shadow and shall be lifted, “Nevermore.”. Poe This poem is a fantastic representation of life in America during the 1800's. During the Romantic period, it validated strong emotion, placing emphasis on emotions like apprehension, horror and terror, and awe. In “The Raven”, you can see that Poe was putting emphasis on awe, as the narrator was a suprise by the Raven at first. “But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only, That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour. Nothing further then he uttered - not a feather then he fluttered - Till I scarcely more than muttered `Other friends have flown before - On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.' Then... ... middle of paper ... ...atural world, while “The Story of an Hour” depicts the culture of every day thinking and living. “The Raven” helps us understand the Romantic period, as the author showed all components to a fantastic piece of work written during the Romantic period. “The Story of an Hour” helps us understand the daily life of someone in the 1800's. After telling us about Mrs. Mallard's husband's job, we can automatically think in our heads about the Industrial Revolution and the effect it had on American history. In addition, the telegram reference tells us that their means of communication were rather different at the time. Then finally, her emotions toward her husband show that it's possible that not many women were happy in their marriage. The two works tell us about two different cultures during the 1800's, which can show major similarity and differences between 1845 and 1849.
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