A man sits in his room at night, reading. He is reading to take his mind off of a woman who he loved and who has died, Lenore. He begins hearing a knocking sound.
The man opens his window and a raven flies in, landing on the bust of Pallas in his room. He jokingly asks the bird its name, before getting the response of, "Nevermore". He begins asking the bird different kinds of questions, all of them about Lenore. He then begins to see what he describes as angels.
He asks the bird if he will be able to hold Lenore in heaven. The bird responds with..Nevermore.
Theme + Conflict
He tells the bird to leave his home, now upset with it. The bird tells him, "Nevermore."
The narrator says that the bird is still perched there, and he will be eternally depressed at the loss of Lenore.
Theme- The effects of loss and grief can be long term and detrimental to your mental health.Conflict- Internal; Person vs. Self (grief)