| 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.