Richard Cory, by Edwin Arlington Robinson Essay

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Many poets write about death and appearances. In the poem Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson, the author tries to communicate several things. Robinsons poem is about a rich man that commits suicide, and the thoughts of the people in town that watch him in his everyday life. In Richard Cory, Robinson is communicating that outward appearances are not always what they seem, an that money does not always make a person happy      Through the poem, Robinson never hints to any relationships that Richard Cory may have had. There is no mention of lovers, family, or even friends in the poem. I believe that Robinson was trying to communicate that companionship is essential to almost all people. Richard Cory was hiding…show more content…
Richard Cory also appears to keep all of his emotions hidden from the rest of the world through his everyday routine. By keeping his emotions bottled up, he may eventually have popped and decided that he no longer wanted to live.      Richard Cory is symbolic of upper society, and the townspeople are symbolic of the middle class. The lesson that Robinson tries to teach is that people in the middle class should not desire that they were as wealthy as the upper class. Money will not bury your problems, nor will it make everything better. Although you may have all the money one can imagine, certain problems in life will still haunt you. It is hard to argue that in todays world that money will not make you happy in one way.      “And Richard Cory, one calm summer night, went home and put a bullet through his head“.` The calm summer night that Robinson refers to is meant to build the idea that the night was like any other. Richard Cory’s breaking point was reached that calm summer night, for one reason or another. The fact that it happened on a warm summer night also tends to make one think that the thoughts of suicide had been on Richards mind for some time. It seems that he was not suddenly driven to suicide, but rather he became depressed overtime and slowly became suicidal.      Robinson was trying to communicate that appearances may be
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