“The silence was unbroken, the darkness gave no token.” ‘The Raven’, was written by author Edgar Allan Poe in January of 1845. ‘The Raven’ tells the story of a man who is grieving for his recently passed mistress, when one night during a storm a raven starts knocking on his window seeking refuge. The raven is only able to speak one word “nevermore.” The grieving man is then led down a torturous path of self destruction as he blames himself for the death of this dearest Lenore. Throughout the text Poe uses several elements of gothic fiction.
- god sent the raven to punish the dude for letting Lenore die
- feels extreme guilt
- madness by only having himself to talk to
- the raven only repeats itself.
- the man screams “Lenore” just to hear it echo back
- references to god and heaven (Adam and eve)
- Talks about souls a fair amount… why?
- DRIVEN BY STRONG EMOTIONS RATHER THAN LOGIC OR REASON
- HAS A ‘NEED TO KNOW’ OR CURIOUS NATURE