What are the setting and conflict in "The Raven"?
The physical setting of this poem is the narrator's den. He describes this room only as a "chamber," but because it houses books and a bust of Athena, it seems to be a study of some kind (line 16). In terms of time, the setting is late December, a "bleak" month that is often symbolic of the end of life because it is, literally, the end of the year (7). Further, it is midnight, and a "dreary" one -- it is probably cold and windy and kind of creepy and bare outside (1). Midnight is also often used as a symbol of death because it is the end, or death, of day.
The poem's conflict seems to be one of the character vs. Nature variety. ...
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