Analysis Of ' We Wear The Mask ' Essay

782 Words Sep 28th, 2014 4 Pages
Moreover, the speaker in “We Wear the Mask” changes the tone by dropping the metaphorical masks in the last stanza. The speaker begins to rebuke the mask, but quickly propels the renunciation into a prayer. For the lost and tortured souls, the speaker prays. He or she begins to speak about the evils of earth, or “the clay,” in which everyone was created from, according to Christian beliefs (Huff, “We Wear the Mask”). With all the evils committed upon the American minority, Blacks continue to labor and hope for change in the world (Huff, “We Wear the Mask”). However, the world appears to reject change and forces numerous to continue to wear the mask. Although change is needed and slow coming, African Americans had to pray and hope in the confinements of their home and mind. If they were to protest outwardly, they would be condemned to hate crimes, such as cursing, beatings, and lynching. African Americans presented themselves in a specific manner, “wearing the mask,” in order to prevent abuse from the white population. Therefore, the mask repelled societal evils.
Dunbar’s poems “An Ante-Bellum Sermon,” “Accountability,” and “We Wear the Mask” all provide insight on the fears and realizations accompanied with the pre- and post-Bellum societies. In “An Ante-Bellum Sermon” and “Accountability,” Dunbar uses his distinctive Southern Slave vernacular to produce an ironic and intuitive impact on the slave experience. This language gave freemen and slaves “masks” that protected them…

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