We Wear The Mask By: Paul Laurence Dunbar

Topics: SociologyIdentity

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Last updated: November 29, 2019

What does a mask do?
hides your identity and created misleading statements

What is the mouth?
the voice, the power

“Why should the world be overwise” What does “world” stand for?
white, caucasion

“we smile, but O great Christ,…

” what does it mean?

it means they feel powerless, and feel the need to call to higher powers that can save them

What tone do they sing in?
negative

“…. the clay is vile” What does that mean?
the ground’s foundation is bad, or it is the material to make the mask

what is the overall tone of the poem?
negative, sad, depressing

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