Essay about Literary Analysis of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

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Literary Analysis of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe The life of Edgar Allan Poe was as morbid and melancholy as his works. After

the abandonment by his father and the disturbing death of his mother, both prominent

traveling actors, Edgar was reluctantly forced into orphanage. He was later taken into the

home of John Allan, a wealthy tobacco merchant. Their relationship was shaky, at best,

and the contention between the two would last until Allan's death, where his will left

nothing for Poe. Amidst these calamities, came only more distress. The death John

Allan's wife, the woman who cared for Poe after his mother died, and a large amount of

debts acquired from gambling that forced him into early
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The parallelism of Poe's own personal

problems with those of the narrator in "The Raven," and the repetitive verse by the raven,

makes the reader aware of Poe's prominent tone of melancholy. A strong device for the

melancholic tone is Poe's life experiences. The narrator's sorrow for the lost Lenore is

paralleled with Poe's own grief regarding the death of his wife. Confined in the chamber

are memories of her who had frequented it. These ghostly recollections bring out a state

of eager anticipation in the reader to know and be relieved of the bewilderment that the

narrator and consequently Poe himself are experiencing; the narrator ponders whether he

will see his wife in the afterlife.

After Virginnia's lingering death, Poe tried to relieve his grief by drinking. A

parallelism is formed in "The Raven" between the condescending actions of the raven

towards the narrator and the taunting of alcohol towards Poe. The raven condescends that

Poe will never see his lost love again when uttering, "forget this lost Lenore," in line 84.

Alcohol taunts Poe into ceaseless depression and caused him to have a life-long problem

with alcoholism, which eventually led to his death. In a similar manner to which

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