When the raven is seen by the narrator he thinks it is a sign from his beloved Lenore. The narrator’s insanity leads him to believe that the raven is a sign that maybe Lenore is not gone. His obsession with the loss of Lenore makes him imagine that the raven is actually saying “nevermore.” As the night goes on, all the raven says is “nevermore.” The narrator tries asking the raven questions but always gets the same response, “nevermore.” As this continues, he becomes agitated and angry at the raven for not giving him the answers he seeks.
The narrator tortures himself by continuing to ask the raven questions when he knows the answer will always be the same. The raven was supposed to bring him hope about Lenore but it is driving him further into insanity. The raven, in his mind, reminds him that Lenore is really gone. Since he is obsessed with her and does not want to believe she is gone, he tries to make the raven go away. “Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!” (101) In his