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Appearances Are Deceiving Essay

2124 words - 9 pages

Appearances are really deceiving, that is what was proven in the poem Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson. The poem is about Richard Cory, a rich gentleman and his impression to the poor people that adored him. He was admirable in every way that most people wished to be in his place as they thought that he was everything. But on a warm summer night, Richard Cory committed suicide while everyone thought he was perfect.
The poem might be short but it really is entertaining to read. The poem proves that humans are really judgmental as they based their thoughts on how they thought they saw Richard Cory, but everyone has flaws too. There are two sides of the coin and we might only have ...view middle of the document...

This mean that being rich doesn't mean that you can buy everything even happiness. Happiness cannot be bought buy money, being happy means that you enjoy the essence of life. Enjoying life with others, sharing your blessings and be thankful to God can make you happy. In this poem Richard Cory had felt sad and desperate in his life so he committed suicide, that was a wrong way of solving his problem he could share his blessing with others or help the people in his community and in that way he can find happiness. He could also talk to his fellow and tell about his problem or help others who were financially needy in that way he could found the happiness that he was looking for. In the real world like where we are now, we could also feel sadness and feel desperate as if we were alone and doesn't belong to the group, but it doesn't mean that you will kill yourself just like in the poem, what Richard Cory did was a sin, we could probably tell others about our problem and enjoy life. Life is short, so enjoy it everyday and be thankful to God that you had given another life and always think positive and be happy!

Richard Cory
(by Edwin Arlington Robinson)

When ever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clear-favoured and imperially slim;

And he was always quietly arrayed;
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said
“good morning!” and he glittered when he walked.

And he was rich, yes, richer than a king,
And admirably schooled in every grace;
In fine—we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.

So on we worked and waited for the light
And went without the meat, and cursed the bread.
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night
Went home and put a bullet in his head.

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Richard Cory is one of Edwin Arlington Robinson's best known works. There are so many different interpretations, written by various critics, for this poem. At a glance, this poem may seem to be a simple poem which describes a man named Richard Cory through the perspective of townspeople who knew him. But actually, there is something more beyond it, something more than just a potrait of Richard Cory and his mysterious suicidal act.

Since the first stanza, the reader has been introduced to the speaker (or the narator) of the poem, as well as to Richard Cory.
When ever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him;
He was gentleman from sole to crown’
Clean-favoured and imperially slim;
These lines indicate that, the speaker, who is part of the collective subjects “we”, belongs to the lower-class in the socio-economic hirarcy. It is shown by the lines that “we” lived in “down town”. The word ‘down town’ refers to the business district where the working-class people are living. The last...

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