A man loses the love of his life to death and his drowning in sorrow. He is unsure whether he will ever get over it. Then a mysterious bird appears and keeps repeating one word, "nevermore" this shows him that, no, he will never get over it and he might not see her in heaven.
Characters in psychological and/or physical torment.
Will I ever get over this...
Super natural or unworldly elements
The main character has lost his love and does not know if he will ever be able to get over the tragic happening. "Respite- respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore; Quaff, oh Quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore," (Poe 315) in this scene he is asking the raven if he will ever end up getting over this and ending the pain he feels from the loss. The bird says "nevermore" as always. The character is in agony due to his loss.
Bleak and remote settings
"As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. "Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door-- Only this and nothing more." (Poe 312) this quote is showing a supernatural type element because when he opens the door there is nothing there but later a raven comes through the window. It shows an unworldly element when the bird speaks because in the real world animals don't talk.
Strong language full of dangerous meaning
The raven is the creepy symbol in this story because the bird comes and it is black. Of all birds the author could have used he uses a bird known for its dark meaning. The raven is showing death and sorrow to the man suffering a loss of a loved one.""Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!" I shrieked, upstarting-... Leave my lonliness unbroken! quit the bust above my door! Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form off my door!"
In the story the raven it has a very bleak and remote setting through the entire thing because it is a sad story about whether he will ever get over his love and the beginning shows the setting by starting the it with, "Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,..." (Poe 312) This shows that it is during night fall and very dark and lonely.
The bird keeps repeating the word, "nevermore" and does not say anything other than this one word and it is torturing the main character. We see that the word shows that he will never see his love again and will always remember and mourn the loss of her. "is there balm in gilead?-tell me- tell me, I implore!" (Poe 315 after he says this the bird once again says nevermore showing he will most likely never get over the loss of lenore. The word "nevermore"is full of meaning that there is no getting over loss.
With the raven it has very horrific scenes because the bird is a sigh of bad and shows him that there is no hope to ever see lenore again or hold her. It is a very dark story and shows a lot of scary scenes. This bird is just knocking on his door and all he says is "Nevermore." "Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary..." (Poe 312) this quote shows a bit of the scenery.It is dark and scary.