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The Rollercoaster The poem Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson is a tone rollercoaster The tone changes throughout the poem The poem goes from happiness to envious ending in depression The author successfully uses different tones to keep the readers attention and realistically tell a story that can be identified with todays society The author uses happiness to draw in the readers attention and to keep the reader happy as if he or she was actually there The author describes Richard Cory in a manor that makes the reader feel like he or she is happy to see Richard walking down the street The author states Whenever Richard Cory went down the town We people on the pavement looked at him He was a gentleman from sole to crown Clean favored and imperially slim Robinson 1-4 The author also starts off by giving Richard Cory the characteristics of a happy person instead of a person that was gloomy The author states 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 Robinson 5-8 LaRue 2 The author does successfully uses the tone of happiness to start off the first two paragraphs of the poem The second tone used by the author is envious The author changes the tome from happiness to envious to keep the readers attention The author makes the reader envy Richard Cory by giving him to envious traits wealth and intelligence The author writes And he was rich-yes richer than a king- And admirably schooled in every grace In fine we thought that he was everything To make us wish that we were in his place Robinson 9-12 This is true with todays society everyone wants what he or she doesnt have and to be who he or she isnt The final tone used by the author is depression This is the most
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