What Is The Theme Of Midnight Dreary

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Poe’s Gothic work exceled at portraying its theme, death, and the effect it has on the living. Poe employs the use of symbols to depict and impersonate the meaning he is instilling of his readers. He leads us into exploring the speaker’s journey of emotions and self-obscurity. Poe transports his readers immediately to the scene with his use of imagery, “midnight dreary” (Line 1), “bleak December” (Line 7). Establishing a very cold, gloomy and dark setting, one that the speaker connects directly to since he is full with “sorrow” (Line 9).
In the first stanza, a speaker who is feeling “weak and weary” (Line 1) is introduced. “Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore” (Line 2), augmenting the somber ambience, the speaker finds
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In the fifth stanza, we get a lucid glance at the narrator’s state of mind. The passing of his beloved wife left him in ruins. “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before” (Lines 25-26). Lenore’s death acutely traumatized him, obsessing him and affecting him psychologically. “All my soul within me burning.” (Line 31), he is in a dreadful situation and the unexplained “tapping” around his house is starting to get to him. Finally, in the seventh stanza, a “Stately Raven” (Line 38), introduces itself to the speaker, immediately becoming a pertinent symbol in this work. “With mien of lord or lady” (Line 40), the raven, delineated as royal-like and dignified. Acknowledging his debut, he “Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door.” (Line 41). Poe makes an allusion to the Greek goddess of wisdom, Athens, also referred to as…show more content…
“Nevermore” the bird replies. The bird is staying for good, “Never flitting, still is sitting” (Line 102). It is safe to say that the speaker is very emotionally unstable and vulnerable. The Raven’s appearance significantly affected him. In his quest of forgetting Lenore, he ends up much more traumatized, and the Raven makes sure of this. The bird’s refrain drove the speaker crazy. Lenore “nevermore” will be with him, the bird will remind him this of this eternally, obsessing him and boosting his
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