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1 Richard Cory and A Rose for Emily
Individual and Society Richard Cory and A Rose for Emily Dr. Peih-ying Lu Dec. 17, 2009

2 Pre-reading Questions
Many people believe that their problems would magically vanish if they simply had plenty of money. Do you agree or disagree with that? Why?

3 In-class Discussion What social classes are represented in this poem?
What does the poet mean by Richard’s being “human” when he talked? What effects does Richard have on the townspeople?

4 Who is the speaker? What attitude toward wealth does the speaker have? Consider all the descriptions of Richard Cory. What do these descriptions, taken as a whole, indicate about the speaker’s values? Consider your conclusions about the speaker’s values. Is Richard’s death likely to change those values? Explain.

5 Richard Cory Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him; How was a gentleman from sole to crown, Clean favored, and imperially slim 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.

6 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. So on we worked, and waited for the light, And went without the meat, and cursed the bread; And Richard Cory, one calm summer night, Went home and put a bullet throught his head.

7 Figurative language

8 Richard as a King People on the pavement

9 Richard Cory and A Rose for Emily
Compare town people's attitude in Richard Cory and A Rose for Emily Compare Richard Cory and Miss Emily’s conflict with the society they lived in.

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