December 3, 2009.
The bullet of the American society: a social analysis of Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington
Richard Cory, the mythical wealthy and refinement man, who became famous in
Edwin Arlington Robinson’s poem, is the envy of all who know him, but in particular
those who struggle to eke out a miserable existence
slaughtered himself not because he was rich, not because he had millions of dollars and
properties, not because he pursued material possessions and found it empty, but
because his solitude. Cory’s fellow citizens rejected all of his attempts to connect with
them; using that rejection as the way to punish him for making they desire what he had.
Richard Cory is a poem that shows how the United States society has forgotten about
human relationships basing its values in money, which is the unique American way to
Chard Smith asserts that flogging the materialists for the ills of mankind was
Robinson's favorite pastime
When Robinson does so in this poem, he flogs the
speaker and his townspeople as materialists, but not Richard Cory (
Though a certainly general criticism of materialism is stated by Robinson in the poem, a
warning to the readers is also easily found. According to Powers, Robinson confessed,
and at the same time warned, in Richard Cory, his fear of becoming like the
townspeople his protagonist, Richard Cory, lived with.
Tilbury Town's citizens, for their part, refused to cooperate to Cory’s greetings
toward them. Even though Cory genteelly spoke to them, they never returned his