The movie The Raven is based on the life of Edgar Allan Poe and the poems that he wrote. Poe believed that he had something truly original to share in his literature and at the time it was. Poe introduced the Gothic genre along with mystery and terror to literature which was new and exciting to people. Poe wrote the poem The Raven in order to become famous and by writing to a broad audience he accomplished just that.
Poe did not earn much money from The Raven but he made himself known among readers. He relied on conveying the sound of the literature as the emotions of the speaker. In the motion picture The Raven, a serial killer feels the emotions of the speaker and admires Poe so much that he begins acting out Poes melancholy stories by murdering people in the ways described in his poems. Poe attempts in his stories to create a nightmarish universe by skillfully blending reality and imagination.
In the film, the screenwriters do Poe’s style justice by blurring the lines between reality and imagination. Poe’s character in the movie is living in the reality of everyday life when events from his own imagination start mysteriously coming true. The stories born of his imagination start to happen to people and even to him through the capture of his love and wife to be. The serial killer targets Poe as an obsession with his writings.
The serial killer’s plot is to make Poe write some of the most moving and emotional pieces that he has ever written out of fear for his bride to be. In Poe’s works he explores the domain of fear and what effect that it can have on an individual. The fear tends to be irrational and drives the individual to be consumed by it and eventually to insanity and death. However in the movie when Poe is confronted with the fear of the loss of his love it drives him to do everything he can to save her from death and eventually gives his own life to save hers.
The screenwriters for the movie toy with the idea that what was born in imagination is actually reality and anything the Poe does will also become reality. They also focus on the sound of the speaker to show his emotion and the emotions of the characters of the movie. They do this so well that the audience is left with the same feelings that Poe had right before he died from drinking poison. He is overjoyed that he found his love and saved her but realizes that he has given his life for her but at the last moment leaves the detective with the identity of the serial killer.
The audience feels happy for Poe and his accomplishments of saving his bride and catching the killer but are saddened by Poe’s tragic death. Poe was a master at the Gothic genre and was unparalleled in his exploration of fear and its effects on individuals.