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If We Must Die

If We Must Die

by Claude McKay

Mortality Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #1

If we must die, let it not be like hogs (1)

The speaker sees no alternative to death, like surrender or escape. This is a very desperate situation.

Quote #2

Making their mock at our accursed lot. (4)

The speaker sees this death as heroic, because death has been handed to him by chance or destiny.

Quote #3

If we must die, O let us nobly die, (5)

These phrases put two opposite feelings together: powerlessness and powerfulness.

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