Study Guide

If We Must Die Honor

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

It doesn't matter how nicely you treat livestock, they do not die honorably.

Making their mock at our accursed lot. (4)

This is an insult to the speaker's honor.

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

The speaker knows he's going to die, but wants to have control over the way he meets death. He chooses an "honorable" death instead of showing fear or trying to escape.

Shall be constrained to honor us though dead! (8)

Here we see that the speaker wants to make a statement with his death. By dying bravely, he wants to prove a point to his enemies, such that they must honor him.

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