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Paul Laurence Dunbar - Literary Analysis

Who is PL?
What's Going on in the Late 1800's?
We Wear the Mask by P.L. Dunbar
Our Personal Interpretations
Rhyme Scheme & Meter
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Background Info - We Wear the Mask
Figurative Language & Theme
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Background Info - We Wear the Mask

There is always a bit of history behind a piece of literature, and our English teacher says that knowing a little of that history helps to understand the literature better.

Reflects racial prejudice

  • African Americans
  • Social barriers
  • Legal discrimation and school segregation
  • Racial etiquette
  • Pain racial sterotyping caused
  • Minstrel shows

Look at the Author Background page for more information on Paul Laurence Dunbar.

This information was taken from our literature book, The Language of Literature:  American Literature.