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The Raven's Dreary Setting
The Raven's Raven
The Raven's Madness
Poe uses a dark, quiet room as the setting to instill a natural sense of dread and unease. Given the unnerving descriptions, when there comes a knocking, our minds assume the guest could be all sorts of undesirable. "And the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain"
Poe's use of the Raven in addition to everything else is nothing short of brilliant. Many people are wired to see Ravens/Crows as a harbinger of death and dread. This sense of doom only further drives home the subconscious horror of this poem. "In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore"
Poe's literary account of a man's descent into madness is brilliant because of it's haunting depiction of, well, madness. The disturbing realization that he's pretty much losing all grips on reality is hard. One could even go so far as to call it horrific. Thinking a dead woman is stopping by for a chat is unsettling at best. "And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, “Lenore?”"
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