Raven Edgar Allen Poe Section I: Significance of Title In the poem the Raven, it is what the title says it is a poem of Raven. The Raven in the story in my opinion represents itself eating away at Poe because of his lost of his wife Lenore, the Raven is a scavenger bird that finds dead carcasses either beast or man and uses it as its food source in this story the carcass is Poe's memory of Lenore. Section II: Author One of the best horror writers of his time Edgar Allen Poe is renown for bringing his thoughts and feelings into his story's in an amazing and somewhat terrifying way. Both a curse and a blessing Poe has dealt with the loss of many people that he loves however were it not for these losses Poe would not be as well known as he is now. Section II: Setting Frequently said in the story the setting of this poem is inside of Poe's chamber, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire does to bring much delight, in way the presence of firelight gives the room an even more darker feel.
When the narrator does not leave the house till the house has completely collapsed the reader also starts feeling trapped. Since Poe also uses the word “house” metaphorically, the reader also learns that this confinement can symbolise the biological fate of the Usher family. Also, since the narrator had previously personified the house, by noticing its “eyelike windows”, the house seems to be in itself a member of the Usher family, which, when the last of the family members die, collapses on the previous inhabitants still bodies. Throughout his story, Poe uses the setting
The fly is symbolic in the story because it represents how the Boss battle’s with grief. In the beginning of the story, it is learned that the Boss is quite delicate especially around the subject of his son’s death. Anytime Woodifield starts to talk about how their son’s graves are near each other, “… the boss made no reply. Only a quiver in his eyelids showed that he heard” (Echoes 12, 275). As it is well known, a fly is quite delicate and struggles the same way that the Boss is struggling with the emotional grief of his sons passing.
It lets you get a since of what exactly the speaker is seeing and how fighting it would be to hear something at your door and to only open it and see nothing but darkness. It sets the reader up in a mood of unease and makes them even more paranoid than before. Causing them to wonder what exactly could be tormenting this man late at night. This sets up very well with the tone of melancholy that Poe was attempting in this poem. The next item of melancholy that Poe uses are in the lines, “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;” The speaker is now to a very frightened state, not knowing what keeps knocking on his door.
Death in “A Rose for Emily” William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily,” is a tragic story filled with death. Death is a huge theme in this story which is evident as five deaths are revealed. Emily’s inability to accept the passing of her father greatly foreshadows the deaths of her loved ones in her future. Death is evident in Emily’s fading physical appearance and the depletion of her social class. Faulkner conveys the theme of death in “A Rose for Emily” by concealing the death of Emily’s lover, Homer, and later revealing that Emily kept his body upstairs.
The author uses symbolic birds, which appear often throughout the whole play, to present the evil. One example is Macbeth says, “Light thickens, and the crow/ Makes wing to the rooky wood” (Mac.3.2.55-56). The image of the “crow” appears black, which represents evil. In nature, because crows have a large population, they attack the weakest ones and eat them for food. That is why a group of crows is called a “murder”.
The author shows how pathetic an individual can be when fighting for life and yet death is so close at the door. Although the moth struggled to survive, it ended up losing the battle and succumbed to death (107). The author uses this illustration to depict the vainness of the struggle against death. She watches the moth as it tries to move back and forth on the windowpane, though sluggishly. The moth tries to fly but is unable and therefore it falls on its rear and starts to position itself right by scrabbling on the air.
Poe had a fearsome and grim way of writing this poem. His writing also has a sense of sadness and honesty to it. Poe was a person who had many troubling experiences throughout his life. It seemed that all the women he loved ended up dying, and they all died from the same disease, Tuberculosis. To add to his hardships, he was poor, did not have a stable job, and was an alcoholic.
While some people began an angry man hunt for the killer, others simply wept for their lost President. For with the loss of President Lincoln hope too was lost for many people. James D. Gay wrote several poems and short stories, most of which were about President Lincoln and the Civil War. From his writings you can easily tell he was pro Union and loved his President. In this particular poem Gay writes the death was “a fearful shock!” and that “The stores were closed, our flag was draped, Our hearts felt sick and sore..” He is clearly mourning the death of one of his country’s greatest leaders along with the rest of the America.
Fear is created from the beginning of the poem when we read that: “a helicopter skirting like a damaged insect The Empire State Building” The word “skirting” is used to create a mood of caution and unease from the start. This unease and caution is reinforced later in the poem when we are told that: “now midnight has come in” The use of the word “midnight” is used to refer to the “evil” in the city and the personification is used to make the reader feel as though “midnight” has a mind of its own, making it unpredictable, emphasising the sense of fear and unease. Later in the poem we are made to feel that New York is a “frontier” city when the poet describes: “darkness is shot at by a million lit windows” Light and dark is used to symbolise good and evil, it is as though the “dakness” is being “shot” at, this also create a mood of fear. MacCaig also forms an atmosphere of fear by using sound devices. This mood is created by this technique when the “Empire State Building” is first described as a “dentist’s drill” The harsh sound which comes from the onomatopoeia, “drill” forms a sense of fear and caution.