The title leads me to believe the story is about somebody and a Raven. I think that the Raven will end up symbolizing something.
This man is sitting in his room when he hears a knock on his door. He gets paranoid and tells himself that it’s just the wind. He opens the door and says, “Lenore?” Lenore is (I’m guessing) somebody that he lost. He hears a tapping on his window however and opens the window to find a Raven. The Raven can only say one word: “Nevermore”. The man keeps asking all these questions which the bird always replies with nevermore. The man slowly loses his sanity, and after asking if Lenore will come back, he flips out. He tells the Raven to leave, but the Raven just replies with nevermore and sits there.
Don't Dwell On The Past
These lines can really make some people feel uneasy. There’s a sense of paranoidness that the man in the story has which creeps me out. It seems like he’s lost Lenore, or he’s expecting somebody. The lines also invoke sadness and depression kind of. The author talks about how he keeps asking the bird questions, but the bird’s response is meaningless. He says the same thing every time. Also, we can sort of see how the man loses his sanity which adds to the sadness.
The speaker’s tone is sort of bittersweet. He uses words like bleak, muttered, dying, unmerciful, marvelled, fancied, and more. Sometimes he seems happy, but other times he seems depressed and scared.
The speaker goes from paranoid, to happy, to insane. At first, he seems scared that this Lenore person would find him or something, but he seems to forget most of that after the Raven appears. The Raven makes him feel lucky and happy, but soon he goes crazy after asking the bird for its meaningless answers. He can only say one word. Also, there’s a shift in punctuation whenever the speaker whispers into the hallway. He whispers a question, but the echo comes back as a yell.
The main theme is about death and sadness. It could be “Don’t dwell on the past”. The man was so sad about Lenore’s death/disappearance that he was scared of everything which in turn made him crazy.