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Every minute of every day people wear a mask A mask to hide thetrue identity of their feelings The 1896 poem We Wear the MaskPaul Laurence Dunbar illustrates this theory People wear mask formany different reasons but mostly to hide their true self from society The message portrayed by Dunbar is that it is ones self right to wear a The first couplet clearly states how strongly Dunbar feels aboutthe mask that we wear According to him the mask allows us togrins and lies while on the inside we are hiding how we truly feel By hiding our cheeks and shading our eyes we jade reality In thefollowing line Dunbar explains one of the ways we use our mask is tobe guile Guile means that we are deceitful to others in our dailyquest The fourth line of the stanza explains that we may hurt deeplyon the inside but because we are wearing our mask we still smile Sono matter how bad we do hurt out of habit we feel obligated to puton a mask for everyone else Dunbar ends the stanza by implying thatnot only do we lie with our smiles but our mouth lies through the smile The next stanza illustrates the fact that Dunbar believes wehave every right to wear our mask At the same time he seems to besaying that we should wear our mask everyday and take it off for noone Dunbar believes that we should not have to let the world knowall our tears and sighs Why should the world be over-wise to ourtrue feelings Perhaps we are not harming a soul by the mask wewear Dunbar states Nay let them only see us while We wear themask to prove this point I believe he might feel this way because inhis personal life he may have had something to hide from the world Authors seem to draw their works from true experience
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