What is an example of an extended metaphor in Paul Lawrence Dunbar's "We Wear the Mask"?
Dunbar's poem is especially relevant today as new ways to "wear the mask" keep appearing. In carefully framed selfies, or in funny Facebook posts, or in well-executed snaps and tweets, we wear the mask: that is, we show the world a certain version of ourselves that may not be exactly who we really are.
So that brings us to the one and only extended metaphor in Paul Lawrence Dunbar's "We Wear the Mask," and it's right there in the title. The mask is a metaphor for that carefully crafted and false version of ourselves that we present to the public, in order to hide our true thoughts and feelings.
You can call this mask an extended metaphor because it gets mentioned over and over. That is, Dunbar doesn't just mention it one time. He puts it in the title, and then he mentions it three more times: once in every stanza. In fact, describing the mask, and describing how it's...
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