"The Raven" is an eerie, grim poem written by Edgar Allan Poe which shows the real darkness that comes with great sadness. In this poem, the narrator wanted to be left alone, but a raven came into his study and continued to bother him, so he got angry, then yelled at the raven repeatedly. The theme of this story is that loneliness can make things harder for a person and this helps people to become better by teaching us that loneliness doesn't make things better and that company can make hard times easier. The plot, characterization, and tone of this poem all help assert the theme's importance.
The conflict in this poem between the narrator and the raven illustrates the effect that loneliness can have on people, teaching readers that loneliness can make life much harder. Throughout the poem, Poe writes the narrator as a sad, lonely man, grieving the loss of someone important to him. He gets irrationally angry when a raven flies into his room and continuously repeats the word, "Nevermore." If the narrator was in a normal state of mind, then he, perhaps, wouldn't have gotten so upset over the raven refusing to leave. The thing about loneliness, though, is that it can mess with a person's head--being greatly lonely can bring about gigantic feelings about everything. Had the narrator been able to allow himself to not be sad and alone, then he would've dealt with the raven in a more constructive way. This conflict really isn't the narrator versus the raven, it's the narrator