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In "The Raven", why does Poe employ the raven instead of another bird or animal?(Think...
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Being that it is a gothic poem, you get all the element of the supernatural combined together to create a dark atmosphere.
As stated in a similar question, the Raven symbolizes "Mournful and Never-Ending remembrance" (according to Silverman quoting Poe)- The characteristics of this bird are that it is black, and can repeat words. The Raven has also a notorious reputation for being a bird of bad omens.
The fact hat the bird has a limited capacity for repetition compared to , say, a parrot, enables the idea of it choosing to repeat the ONE word that follows the protagonist to insanity and despair.
Posted by herappleness on April 6, 2009 at 3:22 AM (Answer #1)
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