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In the poem The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe a simple bird harasses the narrator The bird a raven enters through the window that the narrator opens in order to find out who or what is tapping at the window The narrator is obviously depressed over the loss of his love Lenore however other than that there are no other indications of mental illness Some could argue that the Raven is just a figment of the speakers imagination but upon further analysis the raven is indeed realWhile reading the poem one can find that there is physical evidence scattered throughout First of all the raven flies in from the outside as poems speaker opens the window This one thing alone proves that bird is tangible Then as the poem progresses the narrator always says Quoth the raven Nevermore he never states that the raven directly says nevermore He only quotes what the raven croaks and all quotes can be left to interpretation In the final stanza it is noted that the raven has a shadow And the lamp-light oer him streaming throws his shadow on the floor If the bird was imaginary then the light would obviously pass through it thus producing no shadow However this is not the case in this situation With this physical evidence alone it can be deduced that the raven is indeed real but the narrators mental state also contributes to this factThe speaker despite being depressed describes the scene with such great detail Anyone who supposedly has no mental stability does not describe things in such painstaking detail The passage And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor gives the reader the sense that the narrator knows exactly what he is talking about In the opening line of the second stanza the speaker says Ah distinctly I remember it The narrator would not have the ability to say that he remembers the event distinctly if he
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