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Outward Attitudes In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Humans tend to put on outward attitudes in various situations. Whether it results from their insecurities or their responsibilities of protecting somebody, people mask their true emotions and feelings. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, many of the characters hide their true feelings and change their personalities in order to appear strong and in order to conform to society. However, in the poem, “We Wear the Mask,” by Paul Laurence Dunbar, the narrator and his people, the African Americans, suffer tragedies, such as discrimination and racial hate. Despite this, the people are coerced to keep a positive outward demeanor in order to appear strong and to not allow others to take advantage of them. Dolphus Raymond portrayed…show more content…
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