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The Raven And Annabel Lee Comparison

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Love is the one thing everyone strives to find in their lifetime. Losing a loved one is one of the most traumatic experiences in a person’s life; Edgar Allan Poe explores the feelings and lives of his characters after they lose their loved ones. Poe’s most well-known poem “The Raven” is an excellent example of his beliefs. First published in January 1845, “The Raven” is frequently recognized for its stylized language and supernatural atmosphere. The poem tells the story of a talking raven’s mysterious visit to a distraught lover, and the man's slow fall into madness. Another one of Poe’s poems, “Annabel Lee”, has a similar plot involving a man mourning the loss of his loved one. Despite the differences in mood, Edgar Allan Poe uses similar…show more content…
In “The Raven” the narrator is mourning the loss of his loved one. When the narrator meets the raven, he inquiries about the fate of his loved one. In the last few stanzas of the poem the narrator asks the raven if Lenore is in paradise: “Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn, It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore” (93-94). The narrator questions the raven because he wants to know if he will ever be reunited with his beloved Lenore. The speaker is so consumed with the uncertainty of the afterlife and the fate of his Lenore causes him to slip into deep depression. The fact that the narrator chose to fall into depression shows Poe’s outlook on the fate of loved ones in the afterlife. Instead of being depressed the narrator could have been pleased with the raven’s answer because it still left the possibility for the two lover’s souls to meet in the afterlife. Edgar Allan Poe has a much more positive outlook on life after losing a loved one in the poem “Annabel Lee”. In the poem the narrator has lost the love of his life to sickness. The speaker is convinced that he will be united with her again in the afterlife and that their souls will be reunited. Near the end of “Annabel Lee” the narrator claims, “And neither the angels in Heaven above Nor the demons down under the sea Can ever…show more content…
Edgar Allan Poe wrote a lot about the human mind and how it can be both good and evil. “The Raven” can be used as an example of the evil behind the human mind because the main character is unable to cope with the loss of his loved one and the fate of her soul. “Annabel Lee” is an example of how the human mind is not always evil because the main character is hopeful that he will see his love in the afterlife. In the poems each protagonist is struggling to cope. The main character in “The Raven” struggles to cope and slips into depression: “And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor shall be lifted ­­– nevermore!” (107-108). This quote states that the main character’s soul will never rise from the floor, which means that he would never be happy again. The narrator’s mood depends heavily on his loved one. The main character in “Annabel Lee” also has trouble living without the love of his life. The narrator speaks as if his life has lost all meaning and value with the death of his lover: “For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams Of the beautiful Annabel Lee; And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes Of the beautiful Annabel Lee…” (34-37). The speaker is constantly thinking of his lost love and everything, even the stars, have become dull since she left. Both main characters struggle with coming to terms with their loss,
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