The Dialogue of “The Raven”

Set against medieval mid-14th century England, a Elizabethan quality resonates in the language of the villagers. Unlike Shakespeare's plays, however, which strongly relies on monologue for its execution (also why Shakespeare adaptations to film tend to do very poorly), "The Raven" utilizes medieval English colloquialism in more everyday types of situations which lends more to its cinematic quality. Much effort went into adapting the nuances of "Middle English" (as it was known) usage in daily life.

 

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