Edwin Arlington Robinson 's `` Richard Cory `` Essay

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Edwin Arlington Robinson described a man that appeared to have it all in the poem, “Richard Cory.” The subject was revered by the town’s people and known as a man of great assets and his satisfactory lifestyle. The poem is ended abruptly when Richard Cory shoots himself in the head, taking his own life. The moral of the story is that money and materialistic things offer some level of security and stability, but not necessarily happiness. Though his outward appearance was polished and he seemed content, there must have been troubles within him that others were not aware of. A gleaming presentation left issues behind the curtain, and eventually Richard Cory could not handle his troubles any longer. If money and glamour did not give him happiness, what was it that he yearned for? He spoke of no lovers, no children, and no passion for any particular subject in his life. Suppose these missing elements would have been his saving grace, or perhaps even create the happiness that he longed for. Happiness is defined as knowing one’s self and embracing life and the people who are most important.
Some people believe that happiness is generated from an excess of wealth or materials. Money does not bring happiness, but it does make things easier if you have it. Beyond obtaining enough money to survive without severe struggle, money makes little difference in happiness. “Certainly, when you don 't have enough money to provide for your basic needs — food, shelter, clothing, and medical…

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