Essay on Edwin Arlington Robinson 's Poem, Richard Cory

712 Words Aug 31st, 2016 3 Pages
Edwin Arlington Robinson’s poem, “Richard Cory,” is brimming with irony. The brilliant use of situational irony takes the seemingly perfect life of Richard Cory and surprises us all once we reach the last line of Robinson’s poem. In fact, this poem seems eerily similar to Robin Williams’ situation. Richard Cory and Robin Williams both appeared to have their lives together; both rich, always smiling and making other happy, and were both held to higher standards. However, much like Richard Cory, Robin Williams’ end was not at all what we expected. Richard Cory and Williams were both undoubtedly wealthy. Williams being an actor and comedian provided him with a life free of financial woe. The line, “And he was rich--yes, richer than a king--,” proves that Richard Cory was affluent as well. Including this in the poem suggests that the characters looking at Richard Cory believe that being rich has a direct correlation to being happy. It has been a long-standing belief that wealth equals happiness. In fact, wealth has been a substantial part of the American dream, the equivalent to happiness, for ages. If we take this belief into consideration, it is not a big leap to believe that people who have riches are thought to inevitably be happy. Money may correspond to the happiness that appears to be present in these gentlemen, however, it could also have something to do with how they present themselves and treat others. By saying that Richard Cory was “a gentleman from sole to…

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