Study Guide

If We Must Die Warfare

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Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot, (2)

This is seen as dishonorable, because the victims don't appear to be shown any mercy. Though they are humans, they're hunted and treated like animals.

Making their mock at our accursed lot. (4)

The claimed nobility of hunting is that the hunted is killed in the quickest and least painful way, but the enemies do not obey this code of honor.

Though far outnumbered let us show us brave, (10)

The speaker and his allies are fighting an uneven battle, but he's still determined to fight bravely and die honorably – like a man instead of a hunted animal.

Like men we'll face the murderous, cowardly pack, (13)

The hunting metaphor breaks down as the victims become men and the enemies are less noble.

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