In Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven," how does the narrator's emotional state change throughout the poem?
In "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrator's emotional state changes drastically throughout the poem. When the narrator initially hears the tapping at his door, he is very calm, stating “’Tis some visitor [...] tapping at my chamber door/ Only this and nothing more" (5-6). His calm demeanor seems strange, given how late it is to hear an unexpected sound at one's door, but the narrator is relaxed nonetheless.
However, in the second stanza, the narrator states "Eagerly I wished the morrow" (9). Despite the initial calm, the narrator shows slight signs of unease. In the third stanza, as his curtains rustle, the narrator grows more concerned and seeks to calm his heart. He attempts to reassure himself that the tapping was just a visitor, that there is nothing to be afraid of. He grows bold in stanza four, and speaks in an effort to make contact with the unknown entity. Receiving no reply, the narrator's fear begins to grow in the next stanza:
Deep into that darkness peering, long I...
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