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Prove that "The Raven" is a Gothic poem by highlighting its Gothic elements.

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The Gothic deals centrally with the hidden, frightening, often unconscious parts of life: the eery, the dark, the supernatural, the unheimlich (un-homelike), the uncanny, death. These elements, which we often try to repress in order to live, are abundant in this poem.

First, an eery Gothic setting is established from the start: it is "bleak December," and the shadows cast by the "dying" embers of the fire in the room look like ghosts. The speaker is mourning the death of his beloved, a woman named Lenore, and as he responds to a mysterious knock at his door, he opens it to "darkness." The mood is grim and unsettling.

The deep black raven, who does nothing but answer questions with the word "nevermore," has a supernatural quality. The speaker rises to such a pitch of anguished emotion at the depressing and hopeless "nevermore" responses of the raven that he calls it

this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore

The speaker likens the raven's eyes to those of a "demon" and...

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sabahaidar1980 | Student

There is no hope of light, as he opens a door to enter another fearful darkness. dark is alive creature peering at the speaker. Darkness is broken in whispering that inccreases fear. Another dark setting is the lattice that we always are afraid of when we are kids.  The comoing of the Raven does not horrify the speaker but it smoothes the fear and lonliness. It gives the gothic atmosphere some touch of eagerness and romanticism.

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elmahfoudi | Student

the elements of mystery, terror, darkness, and evil translate into a certain mood that can be considered gothic, rather than elements by themselves.