What does the speaker in "The Raven" intially believe to be causing the noise that he hears? 

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semoody | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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The speaker in "The Raven" initially attributes the sound he hears at his chamber door to be a tapping, perhaps caused by his lost and dead lover, Lenore.  Then he thinks it may be the wind tapping at his chamber door, yet when he opens the door, he sees only a raven.

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Susan Woodward | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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As the narrator of "The Raven" is sitting in his room, "suddenly there came a tapping,/As of someone gently rapping, rapping at [his] chamber door".  At first he thinks that it is some late visitor at his chamber door, but when he opens the door, noone is there.  He sticks his head into the hallway and whispers the name of his dead lover, Lenore.  All that comes back to him is the echo of his own voice.  When he returns to his chair in his room, he hears a noise again, this time at the window.  He attributes this to "the wind and nothing more".  As the sound continues, he throws back the shutters to find a raven perched outside the window, and it enters the room upon his "throwing back the shutters".

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laurto | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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At first he believed that it was someone tapping at his door. Then, he thought it was the wind hitting his window. And then he finds the raven. 

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