Analysis Of Edwin Arlington Robinson 's Poem, Richard Cory Essay

948 Words Oct 31st, 2016 4 Pages
Growing up, my brothers and I were always held to a higher standard than the average kid our age. My mom raised us to be hardworking and strong leaders with opinions of our own. We worked for what we wanted, and never let anyone get in our way. So being success-oriented my whole life has left me to wonder: What is success? And why do so many people have different views on it? Views on success vary depending on how one was raised, what ones morals are, and what goals people set for themselves in life. In Edwin Arlington Robinson’s poem “Richard Cory,” Robinson writes about a very wealthy man named Richard Cory who is highly praised by everyone around him. These people wish they could be Cory with his abundant money, but it doesn’t seem he is enjoying his life as much as everyone else is:
In fine, we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place ...
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head. (Sources 154)
As everyone is envious of Cory and what they think is a huge success. Richard Cory does not seem to think the same of himself. In real life, there are so many individuals who have been well-known and wealthy that I wouldn’t consider successful. Robin Williams, who committed suicide in 2014, was a popular, wealthy actor who was seen as a successful person. Even though both of these men were famous and wealthy, was what they had success or was it something trying to fill in the void of sadness in their…

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