The speaker in Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem “We Wear the Mask” suggests that all of us wear a mask when we interact with “the world.” What do you think he means by this? What is “the mask” and what functions does he suggest that it serves—i.e., why do we put it on and what do we hope it will do for us? Also, out of what things do you think the mask is constructed? Refer to specific examples from the poem and from your personal experience as you respond.

Once you’ve posed your answers to these questions, discuss how the concept of the mask is developed in one or two other texts from this week’s reading (this could include Trifles or what you read for individual choice).

Your initial post should be at least 200 words long and you should respond to at least three other posts throughout the week with responses of at least 50 words.

Post your initial response to the We Wear the Mask page on our G+ community then reply directly to your peers’ G+ posts.