Men and Masculinity Quotes in Nation
How we cite our quotes:
"Even great heroes of history [...] wouldn't get down in the dirt because a baby was dying of hungry and crawl up to a pig and [...] YUCK, but... in a good way." (5.31)
Daphne respects Mau while also being revolted when she hears he suckled a pig—with his own mouth—to get milk for the baby. Doing what it takes is the mark of a true man. We can't picture Arnold Schwarzenegger suckling a pig. He's not enough of a man for that. Mau is.
Because what? [...] Because I must act like a man, or they will think less of me? (5.35)
Mau's worried about keeping up appearances so that his people will respect him. It seems like they don't really get behind a strong female leader either... Anyway, it seems that a lot of being a man is simply acting like one, whether you are or not. Fake it 'til you make it!
This warrior is fighting Death. (5.77)
The Grandfathers don't think much of Mau for rooting around in the mud and suckling a pig. But Mau did it to save a baby: he was fighting Death. You can't fight Death by killing. That's just fighting for Death. Mau's trying to save lives.