Poe, “The Raven”

From “The Raven” I grasped humanities need for self-torture and finding meaning in the meaningless. The “conversation” between the man and the bird shows how the man tortured himself about his lost love Lenore. The man is shocked when the bird replies after asking him his name although his answer is simply the word “nevermore.” At this point and time he recognizes that the bird’s answer does not hold any sort of significant meaning, it was simply the only word the bird knew how to speak. “…though its answer little meaning -little relevancy bore… But the Raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only that one word, as if his should in that one word he did pour,” (p. 2). The man uses this bird’s inability to speak any other word to make his suffering worse by asking him questions about Lenore only to have the consistent echo of her name with “nevermore.” First he fuels the fire to his own suffering and then reads into the meaningless word “nevermore” calling the raven a “prophet!” and a “thing of evil!” (p. 3). He reaches the point where he can’t take it anymore; “Take thy beak out of my heart, and take thy form from off my door!” just to here the constant echo yet again. From the beginning to the end, the man uses a meaningless word to drive his suffering further and further into the ground. I think Poe does this to show that these qualities or partial to human nature.

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