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The Meanings of the Raven Edgar Allan Poes The Raven employs a raven itself as a symbol of the torture mainly the self-inflicted torture of the narrator over his lost love Lenore The raven it can be argued is possibly a figment of the imagination of the narrator obviously distraught over the death of Lenore The narrator claims in the first stanza that he is weak and weary 731 He is almost napping as he hears the rapping at the door which could quite possibly make the sound something he heard in a near dream-like state not an actual sound He is terrified of being alone in the chamber he is in when the poem takes place The sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain thrilled me-filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before 731 When the poem opens he is reading over books of forgotten lore 731 His imagination is probably already running wild His surroundings are conducive to the situation he finds himself in The word chamber itself implies a cold rigid feel like the narrator has shut himself away from everything in order to be alone to brood and torture himself The words ghost and dying ember give the reader a feeling of discomfort like something is not quite right with the situation The narrator opens the chamber door into darkness deep darkness and silence He stands there fearing what is before him dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before 732 December is also the time of year when most plants are dead to which extent the narrator remarks that it is a bleak December making for a dismal scene both outside and inside the chamber There is also a tempest a storm brewing outside not good for calming the spirits of the narrator Thoughts are running through his head and it is safe to say that he is frightening himself more than the situation merits
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