How does "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe relate to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and what are the similarities in their tragic events?

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In both "The Raven" and Romeo and Juliet, a man must deal with the death of the woman he loves. In the poem, the unnamed narrator is mourning the loss of his lover, a woman called Lenore, who he describes as being with the angels now. In the play, Romeo learns of Juliet's death from a friend rather than from the friar, who knows the truth (that Juliet is not actually dead). In both texts, the men seem subject to some larger entity, haunted and taunted by something bigger than themselves. Romeo believes that he is "Fortune's fool," and the prologue refers to him and Juliet as "star-cross'd lovers." The night before he goes to the Capulets' party, he even says that he has some feeling that there is "Some consequence yet hanging in the stars" which will "bitterly begin his fearful date / With this night's revels . . ." Fate seems to be in control.

The narrator of the poem owns a bust of Pallas Athena, on which the raven initially perches, and he describes the raven as coming from the "Night's...

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