In the poem Richard Cory, the poet describes a man who is the envy of all who see him and at the end of the poem he commits suicide, and throughout the poem it shows the thoughts of the common people on the streets who see him in their everyday lives. The poet in this poem is trying to express to the reader that peoples appearances are not always what they seem to be and that money and class do not always make a person happy.
Throughout the poem, the poet never hints to the reader that Richard Cory has any relationships with anyone, other than the superficial saying of “Good Morning” to the people he passes on the street. It never mentions a wife, family, or even friends. This shows the reader that relationships are essential for all people - rich, poor, or middle class. This poem also shows the reader that although someone who has to struggle to make a living thinks that money is the answer to all his problems, that is not the case. Richard Cory, who had money and was envied by everyone, was so unhappy that he did not want to live any more and he committed suicide. The money he had and the privileged life he lived did not guarantee his happiness.
In the first stanzas of the poem Richard is keeping something from the reader and townspeople. He goes out routinely, dressed nicely and talking politely.This is shown by the use of “always” throughout the poem, telling the reader that this happens often. It is also evident because the poem implies that Richard Cory is aware that people see him as a king or hero. He dresses nicely and goes into town every day, impressing all, while putting on a game face for the townspeople who envy him.
The first two lines in the poem tell the reader that the speaker of the poem is one of the common people, one of the “people on the pavement” and that Richard Cory was not one of them. He is a member of the upper class and the common people looked up at him. The first stanza introduces the character as he was perceived by others at first glance and the poet used words that evoke the image of royalty such as in “crown” for head and “imperially” slim.
The next part of the poem relates how the...