Edgar Allan Poe: The Man of the Crowd On page 164 of class's anthology there is a work by Edgar Allan Poe entitled "The Man of the Crowd." hat interests me about this work is the way that Poe deals with the horror or loneliness and isolation that is so much a part of humanity. But he was expelled in 1831 for neglecting his duties. You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as once I was" (92). Paradoxically, based on the outcome of the story, it can be argued that the snake in the crest is not poisonous or else Fortunato's "bite" would have had more severe consequences on Montressor; however, the story ends with Montressor getting away in Fortunato's murder. The increasing darkness then correlates with the theme of Fortunato's impending doom.
The poem describes a lonely man who is busy trying to forget his lost love by reading his old books when is interrupted by a tap on the door. The narrator is identified as a young scholar who is grieving for his lost love, Lenore.
During the conversation, the raven sits on a bust of Pallas.
The knocking goes on and on, driving him into insanity.
The knocking jumbles his thoughts and makes him incoherent.