scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 754
What is Behind Your Mask Every minute of every day people wear a mask A mask to hide the true identity of their feelings The 1896 poem We Wear the Mask Paul Laurence Dunbar illustrates this theory People wear mask for many 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 mask as they so choose The first couplet clearly states how strongly Dunbar feels about the mask that we wear According to him the mask allows us to grins 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 the following line Dunbar explains one of the ways we use our mask is to be guile Guile means that we are deceitful to others in our daily quest The fourth line of the stanza explains that we may hurt deeply on the inside but because we are wearing our mask we still smile So no matter how bad we do hurt out of habit we feel obligated to put on a mask for everyone else Dunbar ends the stanza by implying that not only do we lie with our smiles but our mouth lies through the smile with myriad and subtle words The next stanza illustrates the fact that Dunbar believes we have every right to wear our mask At the same time he seems to be saying that we should wear our mask everyday and take it off for no one Dunbar believes that we should not have to let the world know all our tears and sighs Why should the world be over-wise to our true feelings Perhaps we are not harming a soul by the mask we wear Dunbar
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA