' Richard Cory, And Barbie Doll By Marge Piercy

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Death is all around us in todays world. Young people or older people can experience this at any point in his or her life. Some are expected some are unexpected. Whether it was expected or not it is not an easy pill to swallow. Many things can cause death. Things such as sickness, shootings, home invasions and even suicide.
Suicide is one of the number one causes of death in the U.S today. Many things like sadness, family issues, school or bullying can make a person commit suicide. It can be planned out by the victim or it can be unexpectedly. Older adults or younger kids can commit suicide. One can never tell when a person is suicidal until its too late.
In the poems “Richard Cory” by Edwin Arlington Robinson and “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy
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In Robinsons poem the working low-class people looked up to Richard because he was a rich man who seemed to have everything the workers ever wanted. In the fourth stanza line 14 it says, “And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;”. The workers were apparently very poor and could only afford bread. In “Barbie Doll” nobody looks up to the girl in fact everyone in the story looks down on her. In the first stanza (lines 5 and 6) it says, “Then in the magic of puberty, a classmate said: You have a great big nose and fat legs”.
In “Barbie Doll” stanza 1 (lines 1-4) the poem says “This girlchild was born as usual and presented dolls that did pee-pee and miniature GE stoves and irons and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy”. This tells us that the child birth was very normal as to any other young girl there were no problems. In “Richard Cory” stanza 1 (lines 3-4) it says, “He was a gentleman from sole to crown, Clean favored, and imperially slim”. This stanza tells us Richard was a very kind man who dressed to impress. Both main characters were labeled and appeared as normal nobody would expect the turn the characters
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Most people think a rich man would be happy and satisfied with his life simply because he has a lot of money but that’s not the truth. In stanza 4 (lines 15-16) it says, “And Richard Cory, one calm summer night, Went home and put a bullet through his head”. Richard Cory killed himself with no apparent reason. Everyone in the town looked up to Richard and no one understood why he committed suicide. Richard seemed to be so happy to the town people. This goes to show money can’t buy happiness. Sometimes people with the most money are depressed and tired of life

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