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If We Must Die

If We Must Die

  

by Claude McKay

If We Must Die Men and Masculinity Quotes

How we cite our quotes: By line: (Line X)

Quote #1

Oh kinsmen! we must meet the common foe! (9)

In such a "universal" poem, women seem to be left out of the story.

Quote #2

Like men we'll face the murderous, cowardly pack, (13)

Notice how standing up to one's enemies defines what it means to be a "man." Do you interpret this line as defining what it means to be a "man" (as in human) as opposed to being an animal, or does this have something to do with gender as well?

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