Richard Cory By Edwin Arlington Robinson: Poem Analysis

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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
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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 hearts? I have been surrounded by nothing but hard workers and goal setters. My parents have both not gone to college, this may have hindered them in the process but they kept working through it to get where they want to be in life. Being my organized self I know what I want in life and what I need to do to get there. Ever since I was little I have known I want to be a doctor, I also have know that I want to have a family. These goals are something I have always dreamt my life would end up like. Although this may be difficult to juggle I am willing to work for that goal. Whatever it take to be

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