In "The Raven" did the man die at the end? : LUSENET : The Work of Edgar Allan Poe : One Thread

In the "Raven" did the guy die? Or was he lost in despair forever? Was Linoir his girlfriend/wife who died? Was the Rave resembling death?

-- Anonymous, March 12, 2003


hey died of lonelyness, broken heart, and dispair since his wife died!

-- Anonymous, March 13, 2003

First person narrators never die onstage. "Ms. Found in A Bottle" ends supposedly before his inevitable doom. This is because the reader is to identify with the narrator and his crushing feeling lingers at the end of the story. Nothing to let the reader off the emotional hook. Also Poe is trying to express the sorry state of unrequited grief ruining life in this world. No release of death. In fact, like Hamlet, the melancholy Dane, they are paralysed by their haunting soliloquies and ianbility to master themselves or the past. On the other hand, there is nowhere else to go but death.

-- Anonymous, March 13, 2003

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