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Robinsons portrayal of the Outcast in Society in Richard Cory and Miniver Cheevy In Edwin Arlington Robinsons poems Richard Cory and Miniver Cheevy the main characters are portrayed as outcasts Both are shunned from society neither having any real friends Though these characters have some similarities the way in which Robinson portrays them is very different Richard Cory is admired by his peers where as Miniver Cheevy is opposite people look down on him One man appearing to have everything takes his own life while the other appearing to have nothing accepts his misery For Richard Cory the saying money cant buy happiness could not be more appropriate He is according to the people of the town the man with everything Everyone wished they could be more like him he had everything to make us wish that we were in his place In contrast Miniver Cheevy had nothing to be admired for he had done nothing with his life and yet he longed to have the adoration that Richard Cory had the respect and almost kingly qualities he was a gentleman from sole to crown Miniver Cheevy wanted to be the hero that Cory was to the people on the street Miniver mourned the ripe renown that made so many a name so fragrant Richard Cory is told from an outsiders point of view so that the reader does not gain any more insight into Corys mind then the people on the pavement This also adds to the surprise when Cory seemingly happy puts a bullet in his head Richard Cory had no friends the people of the town never really saw him as a person in fact they never saw him at all the people on the pavement looked at him never spoke to him he was only something to admire He was a god in their eyes almost holier than thou and he was rich-yes richer than a king yet He rarely spoke
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