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Unformatted text preview: the mask to protect our pride! • The first two lines of stanza three, exemplify the nights parents have cried themselves to sleep because they know no matter how hard they try they won’t be able to give their children better, send them to college, better their life prospects. • They can also indicate the desire to buy a house so they can say “my home” or the lack of sufficient food for the table. • Laborers are often “tortured” by their own hope for something better. They often know that its just a dream but it still is a painful reality to face. The certain knowledge that this is as good as life gets for people like us. • It is better to appear happy to the outside world and let everyone believe that life is ok for us then to dwell in our own misery and acknowledge to the world what feel like our failures and inadequacies....
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- Summer '06
- Literary Criticism, true selves, pleasant surface façade, meager existence, human guile