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Juan Torres English 1102 Andrew Roger December 3, 2009. The bullet of the American society: a social analysis of Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson. 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 (Young, 1). Richard Cory 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 achieve happiness. Chard Smith asserts that flogging the materialists for the ills of mankind was Robinson's favorite pastime (304). When Robinson does so in this poem, he flogs the speaker and his townspeople as materialists, but not Richard Cory ( Mitchell, 34 ). 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
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greetings, pulling back in silence with their pulses apparently too much aflutter for their tongues to manage a response. “And he was always quietly arrayed, and he was always human when he talked; but still he fluttered pulses when he said, ‘good morning,’ and he glittered when he walked” (548). Instead, as Charles Sweet rightly
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