How is the narrator characterized in the poem, "The Raven," by Edgar Allan Poe?

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The narrator in the poem, "The Raven," by Edgar Allan Poe is characterized as distraught and overwhelmingly sad. He has lost his love, Lenore, and the visit from the raven seems to intensify those depressed feelings. The narrator is trying not to think of Lenore, but she becomes all he can think of. When the raven shows up, and he questions it, its only answer is "Nevermore." The narrator is left with the thought that he will never again see Lenore, that there is no place (such as Heaven) where they will be reunited. Before the raven appears, the narrator is able, for the most part, to push his memories of Lenore out of his mind, but by the end of the poem, he is in agony over his lost love.

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