White Lies Natasha Tretheway Analysis

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Does the color of your skin describe who you really are? In the poem, "White Lies," Natasha Tretheway describes what it was like to hide one's color just to find acceptance. Trough her character, imagery, and symbolism, Tretheway paints a picture of shame and courage through the eyes of a young African American girl growing up in Mississippi. "White Lies" is a personal poem about Tretheway's childhood. By looking at the author's background, the following is discovered about her character. She was born in Mississippi in 1966 to an African American woman and a white man from Nova Scotia during a time when interracial marriage was considered illegal. Her skin was light enough to pass for a white girl, and she spent her youth lying about
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