An Exploration of the Causes and Effects in Robinson’s “Richard Cory”


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An Exploration of the Causes and Effects in Robinson's “Richard Cory”
This essay is an exploration of the causes and effects in the poem “Richard Cory” by Edwin Arlington Robinson. Though the result of this poem is a suicide, this essay cannot explore the causes behind Cory’s suicide because the reader is never told anything about his private life or thoughts or feelings. He is simply a well off man about town, seen from the outside by other members of his community. What causes the wonder in the observer of Cory in this poem, and the effect of the poem, is the query for this essay.
Though the simplest answer for why Cory is the topic of this poem is Cory’s wealth, money envy in not a complete answer, because the envy felt by the speaker...
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..... that day as when “We went without meat and cursed the bread,” as if there was nothing special about complaining about the food that pavement people eat every day. The atmosphere of regular complaining is not shrill. It is stoic in its conciseness, even noble. There is a tremendous strength in the way the speaker can weigh his prejudices against Cory against Cory’s actual personality.
That is why Cory’s death is doubly heart breaking. The speaker, a noble working class person, seems to have lost a part of his community that he was proud of. Cory himself was afflicted by personal demons the speaker cannot identify, heightening the tragedy.
Robinson, Edwin Arlington. “Richard Cory,” The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature.