A few wear a mask at work, others at the store.
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"We Wear the Mask." Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation, n.d.
Paul Dunbar was an African American who grew up during the time of slavery; consequently, We Wear the Mask is conceived to be written as an exemplification of the grievances faced by African Americans, during the period of slavery.
WE wear the mask that grins and lies,
Though We Wear the Mask was written over a century ago and for a reason – life for African American, during the period of slavery – it can be applied to numerous social situations faced in our present society; one of them being domestic ab...
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We Wear the Mask Study Guide: Analysis | GradeSaver
Because of the poem’s indirectness and generalized ambiguity, the interpretation of the “we” that wears the “mask” and why they do so is left unanimously undisclosed.
An Analysis of Paul Laurence Dunbar's 'We Wear the Mask'
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