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Lenore's Grief In The Raven By Edgar Allan Poe

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Grief is hard to ignore, and it can consume a person until they lose their mind. “From my books of surcease of sorrow- sorrow for the lost Lenore- for the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore- Nameless here for evermore” (Poe). Poe is clearly trying to portray that the narrator is grieving a person he lost named Lenore. It seems that the narrator is trying to cope with the sorrow he feels for Lenore’s death. He’s saying that the grief of her death is haunting him. Knowing Poe’s life was hard, I believe he was portraying his own personal grief. “And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, ‘Lenore!’ This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, ‘ Lenore!’ merely this, and nothing more” (Poe). He’s talking to…show more content…
“But whose velvet violet lining with the lamplight gloating o’er/ She shall press, ah, nevermore” (Poe). He’s constantly thinking about his loss of Lenore, and it seems like he’s always realizing that she is not around anymore, and will never be again. “Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken! Leave my loneliness unbroken!--quit the bust above my/ Take thy beak from out my heart and take thy form from off my door” (Poe). He’s telling the raven to leave his house, like he wants the grief to leave his mind. I believe that the narrator is constantly running Lenore’s death through his mind, and her death is driving him to an insane state. “And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting on the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door; And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming” (Poe). Throughout the story, the main subject is constantly trying to get the raven out of his house, which I believe is him attempting to purge his guilt and grief from Lenore. He continually obsesses over her, and I believe his mind led him to hallucinate a physical form of his grief. When the raven won’t leave, his insanity grows greater.
These themes have many similar connections. Throughout the story, not only is the Raven symbolic of his grief he has been trying to hide, but also his declining mental obsession because of her passing. His grief consuming him may be because he is constantly obsessing over her death, and can’t find a way to cope with it. He can’t ignore his constant obsession because it was too much for him to take emotionally, causing his mental state to decline. His grief, for him, took on a physical embodiment into the “Raven”. He cannot ignore the “raven” and it quickly drives him
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