In “The Raven” Poe utilizes imagery, diction, and figurative language along with symbolism to illustrate how isolation can cause madness when one comes to terms with the finite consequences of death. Imagery is one of the many ways Edgar Allen Poe used to convey his message. At the beginning of the poem, the reader can instantly recognize imagery. A man is sitting in his study trying to distract himself from the sadness of a woman who has left him.
Poe uses this to describe the physical setting and show the reader the current darkness of the main character’s mind. Poe also uses the line “And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor” (688). This line shows how the narrator is slowly falling into a deeper depression, his sprit slowly fading away. The main symbol in this short story is the stately raven. The darkness of the raven is used to symbolize death, which will always haunt the narrator.
Even one of the main characters, the Raven, is a symbol. A raven is usually the symbol of something dark and sinister. A raven is also a sign of death. Poe does not use poetic devices to just describe characters, but his way of writing also becomes part of the plot and gives the reader clues on what exactly happened or is going on. It can be argued that the Raven is possibly a figment of the imagination of the narrator, obviously upset over the death of Lenore.
Even some of the works that are about love, involve some sort of twisted necromancy, such as in “Annabel Lee.” His focus on death was extreme, as he explored all aspects of it including the act itself, the burial (sometimes premature), and the subsequent mourning thereafter. Much of this likely had to do with the unfortunate and often tragic losses he dealt with throughout his life, and just as many of his characters often face the loss of their sanity, so does it seem to be the case with Poe. Works Cited Piggush, Yvette, Edgar Allen Poe, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography,18, 2, 2010. Quinn, Arthur, Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography, Baltimore, Maryland: John Hopkins University Press, 1998.
The Gothic novel, or Gothic romance, emphasized mystery and horror and was filled with ghost-haunted rooms, underground passages and secret stairways. You don't tend to see this type of story anymore and the popularity that they enjoyed decades ago seems to be waning. With the two stories, ... ... middle of paper ... ...t that both writers did very well in creating and sustaining tension, among other things. One of the first things that came to mind was this the title. The title "The Red Room" immediately attracts the reader's attention; it is symbolic but leaves unanswered questions.
The narrator’s sorrow for the lost Lenore is paralleled with Poe’s own grief regarding the death of his wife. Confined in the chamber are memories of her who had frequented it. These ghostly recollections cultivate an enormous motive in the reader to know and be relieved of the bewilderment that plagues the narrator and consequently Poe himself; the narrator ponders whether he will see his wife in the afterlife. After Virginnia’s lingering death, Poe tried to relieve his grief by drinking. A parallelism is formed in “The Raven” between the condescending actions of the raven towards the narrator and the taunting of alcohol towards Poe.
Often times, authors use specific instances from their lives to produce ideas for stories and incorporate them into his or her works. In the gothic times, dark, threatening, horrific, morbid, depressing, bizarre, bewildering, death and insane are just some words that best describe the popular type of literature at that time. One man’s name can summarize these words, Edgar Allan Poe. He is considered to be one of the greatest obscure American authors/poets whom many literary scholars still try to make heads or tails of. People throughout the history often wondered why Poe’s writings are so fantastically diverse and unusual, why his literary style is dark, and why he has so many supernatural connotations in each of his writings.
Poe’s depression could have been caused by the mixture of all of his literary rivalry, drug and alcohol abuse, and much more. Throughout many of his poems and stories, the reader can easily identify a dark tone almost every time. For example, in his poem The Raven, the word ”Nevermore” is repeated excessively and is very symbolic because it gives off such a perfect effect on the reader that Poe aimed to achieve, a mystic yet dark tone. ”’Prophet!’ said I, ‘thing of evil! — prophet still, if bird or devil!’” This is another repeated line that gives off a dark tone that is very appealing to the effect he is trying to bring and create a burden for the reader (The Raven, 1).
The Melancholic Tone of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven," is representing Poe's own introvertedness, which is strangely moving and attractive to the reader. In his essay entitled "The Philosophy of Composition," Poe reveals his intent in writing "The Raven" and also describes the work of writing the poem as being carefully calculated in all aspects. Of all melancholy topics, Poe wished to use the most understood, death, specifically death involving a beautiful woman. The tone in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" represents a painful state of mind, a mind that is vulnerable to madness that is brought upon by the death of his beloved lady. Which is representing Poe's own personal problems, with those of the narrator in "The Raven," his use of symbolism, and the language through the use of the raven's refrain, the reader becomes aware of Poe's prominent tone of sadness.
Or it may be the psychological relationship that Poe creates between the reader and his literary works. Many people rarely like to talk about their “dark side”, but Poe embraces the dark side that every person has and taps into the feelings of hate, revenge, murder, and despair (Camila). He skillfully uses negative events to create his stories. Each poem and short story acts as a suspenseful rollercoaster for the reader to enjoy. Before going into a detailed analysis of Poe’s literary techniques, it is important to understand that bi... ... middle of paper ... ... old man’s heart, eventually leading the narrator to a break down and insanity (Hemsworth).