Richard Cory is a poem written by Edward Arlington Robinson, which describes a man who is admired by many. He is wealthy and seemingly blessed in everything who admired him thought was important. While the first three stanzas describe the subject; the poem feels very simple but, at the last stanza the writer shockingly makes the subject commit suicide. At first his suicide seems meaningless, given the fact that he is rich and admirable but, being admired enough for a person to feel alienated can very well lead to depression, in this case to the subjects suicide.
“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.” ( Laurell K. Hamilton, Mistral's Kiss.) It seems that no one befriended Richard but they always kept him in an arm's length, isolated." Whenever Richard Cory went down town, We people on the pavement looked at him" by the folks tone we can understand that they are as jealous as they are admired by him "In fine, we thought that he was everything To make us wish that we were in his place". One of the main problems to be taken seriously in this poem is the discrimination between classes. Richard Cory is isolated because of the less wealthy classes jealousness and therefore has no one to share anything with.
Everyone needs a friend. Wealth and knowledge means nothing without someone to share it with. The people exaggerated this man so much that they think he is beyond human and they describe him as "something" acting like a human(And he was always human when he talked-2.stanza). Also these people exaggerated his wealth and every other attribute he has, beyond the limits of his being. It was because of these exaggerations that Richard felt alone because, these people found something as simple as a "good-morning" coming out of his mouth different and admirable somehow. It seems as if that the normal folks at town are either afraid or shy to talk to him.
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