The Theme of “The Raven”: Truth Will Come
“The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe has a hidden theme in the poem. The story is about a melancholic man who was visited by a raven called Nevermore. When the man heard the raven knocking on his door, he was nervous and anxious. However, he could not overcome his curiosity and opened the door. When the raven came in, the man started asking questions to it. The same answer of the raven to the man’s several questions about his beloved was hardly acceptable for him. Nevertheless, the man was forced to take the assertion made by the raven. The plot of the story helps uncover its theme - sooner or later, reality is going to come to people no matter whether they are ready or not. This message is gradually revealed as the story advances.
The man’s actions and mood at the beginning of the story imply that he lived in his own world without facing the sad, ugly truth that he would never meet Lenore again. When he was in his room, he stated that he was “weak and weary.” This describes his deteriorating physical as well as mental conditions. Also, it indicates that in the “bleak December,” he was not able to protect himself from the approaching raven that was going to shatter the wall defending the man’s fragile heart. The man also said “while I nodded, nearly napping.” This shows that the man was unaware of the coming of the truth; therefore, he was so relaxed that he was “nearly napping.” This part of the story helps reveal the theme by showing a person not being ready to protect himself from any approaching threats outside his territory.
The tapping on the door stirred up the man’s anxiety and curiosity to the world filled with sad memories of his yore. He started to feel restless after the knocking. For instance, after he heard the noise, he said it filled him with “fantastic terrors” that he never felt before. This indicates that the noise made by the raven augmented both his interest and fear toward reality. Also, the...
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