RC Final - Beyond Appearance Although the phrase don't...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Beyond Appearance Although the phrase don't judge a book by its cover is over-used and trite, it nevertheless maintains a certain, unalienable trueness to it. What you see is not always what you get. For some people, it is very easy to hide their emotions and put on a false front for their peers to see. While this form of deception may be a short term solution, the end result is usually tragic. An impeccable representation of this is Edwin Arlington Robinson's “Richard Cory”, which exemplifies the theme of appearance versus reality. Published over one hundred years ago, this poem holds a timeless truth that can still be applied, even today. In only sixteen lines (composed of four quatrains), author Edwin Arlington Robinson builds the great, admirable, character of Richard Cory, only to destroy him in the second half of the last stanza. The first fourteen lines put the reader in a false sense of security, while the last two act as an unexpected climax that causes the reader to question outward appearances. “Whenever Richard Cory went down town,/ We people on the
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Page1 / 3

RC Final - Beyond Appearance Although the phrase don't...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online