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we wear the mask


Tilly Gamble

on 11 April 2013

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By: Tilly Gamble Behind The Mask Connections Between Paul Laurence Dunbar's Writings and Martin Luther King Juniors speach: We wear the mask is the title of this poem. The title means putting on a fake face for society and acting like every thing is fine. 1st stanza:
We (African Americans) hide behind our fake cheerful faces and pretend like everything in the our world is fine. Figurative Language Poem Flow And Figurative Language Duct Tape: Symbols and Themes Figurative Language Connections Behind the Mask We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes
This debt we pay to human guile
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And my mouth with myriad subtleties.

Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured soals arise.
We sing, but of the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and along the mile,
We wear the mask! We Wear The Mask
By Paul Laurence Dunbar Analysis of Title and Paraphrased Poem Author's Craft 2nd stanza:
We (African Americans) should not have to tell white people how we feel about how we are treated, they should be able to infer, that behind our faces there are feelings. 3rd stanza:
In Gods eyes we (all human beings) are all free, death will give us the freedom we have longed for, until death, despicable people will be a part of our lives, but once we die we will all be free and equal, so for now we will just hide our emotions behind our facial expression. Word Choice There are various words in this poem that can be interpreted in different ways, examples of these words are,
torn, can be interpreted like ripping something but the author is using this word like hopes and broken.
bleeding, can be interpreted like blood flowing out of your body but the author is using this word like agony and deep sadness.
Tortured, can be interpreted like being beaten repeatedly and hurting constantly but, the author is using this word like extremely unhappy or in a terrible place in life. Repetition of Words: "We wear the mask" is a repetitive phrase in this poem. These words impact the poem by sending the message to the reader of hiding your emotions from the rest of the world. idiom examples:
"we wear the mask"----- To show how african americans hid their emotions behind their facial expression. personification examples:
"We wear the mask that grins and lies"-- To show how black people hid their emotions from the world and put on a fake smile and acted like everything was fine. Poem Flow The rhythm of this poems helps the poem
flow. on each line their is eight syllables. There is a true rhyme that takes place in this poem.
The rhyme scheme in this poem is "AABB". There are additional lines at the end of each stanza but the main rhyme scheme is "AABB". A Smiling Mask: Duct tape symbolizes not telling others how you feel and not talking out or speaking up about how you feel. A smiling mask is a symbol because the word "mask" is repetitive throughout the entire poem. a smiling mask represents putting on a fake smile to hide your emotions and make the word think that everything on the inside is perfectly fine. Theme: Theme means what the passage is about. "We Wear The Mask" ( the poem) is about how african americans would keep their emotions hidden from white people, this poem can also mean that hiding your emotions will never get you any were in life so speaking up about what you think is right is never a bad thing. The symbols above can support this theme because each of them are talking about keeping your emotions in and how this can hurt you in the long run. Purpose for figurative language Imagery examples
"bleeding hearts"----- Representation of how
African Americans feel inside.
"tortured soals"------- How African Americans felt about how white people treated them. Grammar Connections Theme Connections Other Connections Both Martin Luther King Juniors speech and Paul Laurence Dunbar's "We Wear The Mask" use imagery. An example of imagery from Martin Luther Kings speech could be "we have come to our nations capital to cash a check" and an example of imagery in "We Wear The Mask" could be bleeding hearts". Both pieces, "I Have a dream" and "We Wear The Mask" use vivid verbs and strong adjective helping the writers send a stronger message to the reader/listener. Both Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech and Paul Laurence Dunbar's poem are trying to motivate people to stand up for what is right and to use you voice and not be afraid. Both authors are trying to send the message of standing up for what is right.
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