1st June 2018

Wide Reading – The Raven

“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

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