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Analysis of Richard Cory

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These different articles about Richard Cory presented to us show us three different viewpoints of the same story. The three different articles cover the same information, but the way they use the characteristics of writing to convey us their message is uniquely different. The first article is a newspaper article; this article is based around a typical tabloid story. The second piece of writing is the poem, "Richard Cory" it's self, and this article of writing seems to be almost like a fable, and it wants you to dig deeper into the sublimed meaning of it. The third piece of writing that we are presented with is the medical examiner's report. This report does not seem to be like a typical medical report, and it seems to be a extremely graphical description of the death, but it does not give any other information besides the method by which he was killed or present us with any background information of Rickard Cory, unlike the other two pieces of writing. One can infer from the fact that each of the articles are presented from a individual perspective, and a new perspective needs to be created, with the information presented to us in the other articles, we can piece together a complete story without information solid as a gridlock. ...read more.


It is presenting the reader with all of the facts, but the reader must assemble them and learn something on the way, and when the puzzle is completed, the reader will have learned the valuable lesson that it was trying to teach. The selections of facts that are included in this poem were included because of the nature of the poem of its self. Each fact has an underlying meaning that is for you to figure out, and for the poem to hide. The poem includes all of the facts for this very reason, to leave it open to interpretation. The writer gave us a clear description of what Richard Cory looked like, his manners; his habits, his education, and the way that the facts were presented to us were intended to make the reader think that he had everything, as if he was above humanity. The arrangement of facts goes from his description down to his wealth and then all of a sudden, they climax to his death. I think that the facts are also given in the order presented because in that order, the reader can start to doubt Richard Cory's happiness and then realize in the end what was wrong throughout the whole story. ...read more.


The tone of the author seems to be chilling. It makes the death of Richard Cory seem like it was a pawn in a game of a sicko. This effect of the tone gives the entire outlook of the story a grim and dark or devious feeling. The author shows us the tone by using the appropriate word choice, and the fact that the article is a medical report makes it all the worse. In the end we can see a much clear pitchure of the event, and what really happened. All three of these publications describe the same incident, yet they all make us think in completely different and individually unique methods. The first newspaper article makes the reader think that a murder has been committed because of the bias shown towards an impossible suicide. In the second article, anything is possible since the poem was designed to have the reader sweat a little and it forces the reader to conclude upon his or her own interpretation of certain key facts. In the final and the third article, a medical report, we see that there seems to be a dark side to Richard Cory's seemingly perfect life. These three articles definitely show us that each different and idiosyncratic viewpoint is a viewpoint ot be considered. ...read more.

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