Last Reviewed on May 28, 2020, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 675
After being cast out of heaven, the Demon observes his earthly destination and contemplates the many unfulfilling years that await him. During his fall to earth, the Demon is filled with contempt at the sight of God’s beautiful creation.
Suddenly, the Demon glimpses Tamara, the beautiful young daughter of Prince Goudal, in one of the castles among the mountains. The castle is alive with the sounds of revelry because Tamara’s father is hosting a wedding feast for her. Tamara grabs a tambourine and dances gaily across the rooftop amid her guests, revealing her lively nature. The speaker remarks that no woman can compare with Tamara’s beauty, and that if the Demon noticed her, he had turned away.
However, in the next portion of the poem, the speaker says the Demon has, in fact, seen Tamara and become instantly smitten. Her beauty rouses a feeling of excitement and hope in his heart for the first time since he was expelled from paradise.
Meanwhile, Tamara’s betrothed rides with his caravan to Goudal’s castle. The Demon bewitches the handsome young prince with thoughts of consummating his impending marriage, which distract the man from asking for a saint’s protection during his journey. As a result, a lion attacks the group, killing all of the men and the prince. The prince’s horse wildly dashes forward to Goudal’s castle, with the lifeless body of the prince still sitting astride its back. Arriving at the castle gates, the steed collapses. Tamara is devastated at the sight of her dead husband-to-be, taking to her bedroom to weep. While in her chamber mourning, Tamara hears a whisper entreating her to cease crying. Unable to sleep, Tamara sees that the voice belongs to a mysterious spirit—and she cannot determine whether the spirit is good or evil.
Tamara is deeply disturbed after her betrothed’s death, and she vows that she will never love again. She says she is nightly tormented with the whispering of some strange force, unable even to pray. She begs to be sent to a convent and locked away from the world.
Tamara is sent to a convent as requested. However, Tamara is still haunted by the same spirit who beckons her to go with it. Nightly, Tamara lies beside a crucifix, yet she can not shake the “fire” inside of her that seems to be tempting her to sin.
One night, the Demon goes to the convent to find Tamara’s guardian angel watching over her. The Demon nearly leaves for good, pitying Tamara’s despairing state, but when he hears...
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