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Theme Of The Raven By Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allen Poe, one of the many famous American writers depicts the dark side of human nature as the central idea, within his writings. In his renowned poem “The Raven” Poe portrays grief as well as false hope to show his loss for his loved one, Lenore. In his short story “The Cask of the Amontillado” he portrays revenge and the guilt that comes soon after. Both of Poe’s works thrive on the dark side of human nature showing how destructive it can be when one lives with guilt and misery. In “The Raven” the speaker goes through a series of emotions over the loss of his love, Lenore. Beginning with first few stanzas, it is told that an ebony bird flies into the speaker 's chamber and rests upon the bust of Pallas, reciting the word “nevermore” when spoken too. The speaker gives off a sense of curiosity, he would like to know where this bird came from and why it is here. To fulfill this curiosity he asks the bird to give its name, the bird replies with one single word “nevermore”. The speaker continues to ask the bird a series of questions but only to be replied with the word “nevermore” as stated in lines 47-48 “Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night 's Plutonian shore!...Quoth the Raven "Nevermore." As the poem continues on…show more content…
The repeating of the word “nevermore” has a major impact on the speaker. It takes him to the lowest point. In the beginning of the poem when the speaker asks for the bird’s name only to be replied with “nevermore”, the speaker takes this as a joke and nothing else. However progressing to the end we see the word “nevermore” as being something much darker. As stated with the quote“Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore...Quoth the Raven “Nevermore” this shows the sinister meaning of the word nevermore showing that the loss of his loved one will never be
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