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Every moment and every event of mans life on earth plants something in his soul The struggles in self that one has to deal with whether trivial or paramount are mostlikely at the opposite ends of the same cycle Its with these two well written and profound poems that serves the same concept of diametric opposite on a general basis Dunbar and Hughes both are serving Blacks with their writings thats the likeness the difference lies in the degree to which they chose to voice themselves Dunbar poem is more geared towards the lack of esteem on the other hand Hughes poem speaks more of racial pride and letting one racial dignity shine rather than hiding that is under a MASK When one uses a mask for anything it denotes one of the three things low esteem sacredness deceit all of which can be classified as inferiority And inferiority and Racial pride are in degree total opposites As I understand yet dont accept using stratagems in this case and of these times in which these two poems reference I can see why one would put on a mask to get by but in time of racial tension as in the civil rights epoch it must be an overt fight literally and or figuratively in order to combat the system of power that held blacks down globally racism And one of many ways of an overt fight is too let collectively the pride of self and our ancestors be present in order to motivate the people and build esteem so one no long needs a mask but only for individual feats if necessary We wear the mask by Paul Lawrence Dunbar Paul Dunbar is an African American who was the son of slaves The poem was published in 1896 where antipathy towards blacks was widespread Plessy V Ferguson was in action which made blacks separate but equal
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