Literary Criticism Essay-"A Rose for Emily" and "Richard Cory"

Literary Criticism Essay

“A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner and “Richard Cory” by Edwin Arlington Robinson represent social class differently, even though in both texts, social class is one of the main driving forces behind the stories being told and the meaning inherent in each text. In “A Rose for Emily” the main character is disliked even thought she has a higher social class, whereas in “Richard Cory”, the character with high social class is well liked by his peers. This is portrayed through careful use of imagery and irony.
In “A Rose for Emily” and “Richard Cory”, both authors treat social class differently. In “Richard Cory” it begins with “Whenever Richard Cory went down town,” (1). This implies that he was coming down to their level.   The townspeople seemed to look at him as being someone they could look up to and admire. He was a rich man who dressed well and they had a great respect and admiration for him. Even though his was of higher social class, he still talked to them as equals and greeted those who passed him on the streets. He was seen as having a perfect life and everyone wanted to be like Richard Corey, but little did they know he wasn’t so perfect after all.
In “A Rose of Emily” the townspeople didn’t care much for Emily. She was the daughter of the mayor who left her with his estate. They thought she was a little strange because after he fathers death she refused to believe he actually died. After his death it was found that she was delinquent on her taxes because that was something her father took care of. She felt that she didn’t have to pay taxes because her father was mayor. “See Colonel Sartoris. I have no taxes in Jefferson.” (Faulkner 702). She says this, even though her father had passed away 10 years prior. They looked at her with pity at some points like they felt sorry for her. They didn’t look up to her or want to be like her. She lived alone in her father’s old house and they felt her life was sad and lonely. They...