If We Must Die By Claude Mckay: Poem Analysis

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what is a hero? What do they believe in or stand up too? In the article “Woman who helped Anne Frank died at 100” by Teri Schultz, National Public Radio 2010 which talks about how Miep Gies helped Anne Frank by keeping her, and her family safe in her home no matter how much danger she was in if she was to get caught. Next, In the article “If we must die” by Claude Mckay 1919 talks about how Claude Mckay wrote a poem about how African Americans should fight and stand up for their rights also how they shouldn’t let them treat them like trash because they are human beans too. Last, In the article “How Jackie Robinson changed Baseball” by Jessica McBirney 2017 talks about his life and how he stood up to racism in baseball by not fighting…show more content…
In the poem it explain “ “If we must die, O let us nobly die, So that our precious blood may not be shed In vain; then even the monsters we defy Shall be constrained”. This is stating that he believes that people African Americans shouldn’t be giving up even matter what and stand up for their rights. Also, Mr.Mckay stood up to try and show that what is happening isn’t right and fair because of how people white and African-Americans fighting . I know this because in the text it states “ Though far outnumbered let us show us brave, And for their thousand blows deal one death-blow! What though before us lies the open grave? Like men we'll face the murderous, cowardly pack, Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!”(Claude Mckay, 1919) This piece of the poem talks about how they will fight back and won’t die like cowards and stand up for themselves because they are tired of getting killed for whatever reason. Last, Mr.Mckay is talking about how many people have died scared and haven’t shown no sense of how strong they can be if they fight even if something is going to go wrong. I know this because in the text it states “ “If we must die, let it not be like hogs, Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot, While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs, Making their mock at our accursèd lot”.(Claude Mckay ,1919 ) This sentence talks about how they should not let anyone treat them like whoever and also do whatever you can to try and get help also fight back and stand your
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