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Never judge a book by its cover Appearances can greatly deviate from what is hidden on the inside Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson We wear the mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar and Im nobody Who are you by Emily Dickinson each give examples of appearances in contrast to reality Robinsons Richard Cory is essentially about a man who is set upon a golden pedestal by others and due to his suppressed sadness kills himself We wear the mask by Dunbar shows us societys use of a mask to hide their sorrow and grief grinning and smiling when they truly feel overwhelmed with sadness Dickinsons Im nobody tells of the role of somebody in society as opposed to a nobody deeming the truth as the latter of the two In Robinsons Richard Cory Dunbars We wear the mask and Dickinsons Im nobody appearance versus reality is exhibited through the usage of poetic language evoking various feelings in the reader With each authors use of poetic language feelings are stirred and the discrepancies between appearances and reality are clearly expressed Robinsons Richard Cory lets us closely examine appearances in contrast with reality All who knew of Richard Cory held him in reverence they glorified him and were quite jealous of his lifestyle 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 In fine we thought that he was everything to make us wish that we were in his place gives a perfect example of how highly Richard Cory was thought of by the people on the pavement and how they wished to be of his status Those who watched Richard Cory every time he went into town might have desired all Cory had and was but they were deceived by his rejection of the eminence that his fellows would accord him And Richard Cory
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