If We Must Die
by Claude McKay
If We Must Die Questions
Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.
- Why has the poet made such an effort to tell us almost nothing about the victims, enemies, or reasons for fighting?
- What is the importance of sacrifice to the speaker, and where does he get that from?
- How does the speaker's portrayal of the enemies as murderous dogs dig up primal emotions (a.k.a. survival instinct)?
- What does it mean to die nobly?