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Comparing and Contrasting ‘Richard Cory’ to ‘The Average’.

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Comparing and Contrasting 'Richard Cory' to 'The Average' There are numerous similarities and differences that can be seen in the poems 'Richard Cory' and 'The Average.' We can compare and contrast many things written throughout the poems. Richard Cory and the boy from 'The Average' led completely different lives. Their life styles were almost opposite. Richard Cory was a "gentleman from sole to crown" while the boy from 'The Average' was a "shy country-loving child." From these two points alone we can already start to see that these two individuals certainly have their differences. Richard Cory was known to be an exceptionally rich gentleman, "And he was rich-yes, richer than a king." The man from 'The Average' however, was just a country boy with peasant parents that did a great deal of work to provide the best for him, "His peasant parents killed themselves with toil to let their darling leave a stingy soil..." ...read more.


Unfortunately, his parents were living in a fantasy world, and he was still in reality. Although they did bring up their child with a lot of love, he was not equipped for the life his parents wanted for him, "So here he was without maps or supplies...the dessert glared into his blood-shot eyes." The two are similar because people had high expectations for them both. In Richard Cory's case all the people around thought he was the greatest person. He dressed well, had good manners, and appeared perfect. Everyone around wished they could be just like him. We see this when it says, "In fine we though that he was everything to make us wish that we were in his place." The people around him expected him to always be this way. ...read more.


He was not interested is what his parents wanted for him. He knew he would never be able to achieve what they wanted anyway. He knew that nothing he did would be good enough for them. He would never become what his parents wanted him to become. This caused the boy to also go into a state of depression. We see this when it says, "The pressure of their fond ambition made their shy and country-loving child afraid no sensible career was good enough." In the end, both characters become hopeless and give up. Richard Cory gives up by committing suicide, "And Richard Cory, one calm summer night, went home and put a bullet through his head." 'The Average' ends with the boy running away from everything. He feels that it is impossible for him to accomplish his parents dream, "He saw the shadow of an Average Man attempting the exceptional, and ran." ...read more.

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