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1 White Lies By: Natasha Trethewey Presentation By: Amy Miller

2 White Lies (Stanza 1) The lies could tell, when I was growing up light-bright, near-white, high-yellow, red-boned in a black place, were just white lies.

3 Stanza 2 I could easily tell the white folks that we lived uptown, not in that pink and green shanty-fied shotgun section along the tracks. I could act like my homemade dresses came straight out the window of Maison Blanche. I could even keep quiet, quiet as kept, like the time a white girl said (squeezing my hand), Now we have three of us in this class.

4 Stanza 3 But I paid for it every time Mama found out. she laid her hands on me, then washed out my mouth with Ivory soap. This is to purify, she said, and cleanse your lying tongue. believing her, I swallowed suds thinking they’d work from the inside out.

5 About the Author Natasha Trethewey was born in Mississippi in Her parents had an interracial marriage which was illegal in her state. Her mother was African American and her father was white.

6 Background White Lies is about an African American girl who is light enough to pass as white. She tells lies that don’t cause too much damage like where she lives, where she gets her clothes and her heritage.

7 Stanza 1 PoemAnalysis The lies I could tell, when I was growing up light-bright, near-white, high-yellow, red-boned in a black place, were just white lies. Light-bright and near-white are a reference to the girl’s skin color. “in a black place,/were just white lies” is also a reference to skin color and segregation.

8 Stanza 1—Figurative Language Imagery ▫Light-bright ▫Near-white ▫High-yellow ▫Red-boned ▫Black place ▫White lies Assonance ▫Light ▫Bright ▫White

9 Stanza 2 PoemAnalysis I could easily tell the white folks that we lived uptown, not in that pink and green shanty-fied shotgun section along the tracks. I could act like my homemade dresses came straight out the window of Maison Blanche. I could even keep quiet, quiet as kept, like the time a white girl said (squeezing my hand), Now we have three of us in this class. She could lie and tell the white folks that she lived in a better place than she did. She could also lie about where she got her dresses. And last she can lie about her skin color. Her lying about these things suggests that she is ashamed of them.

10 Stanza 2—Figurative Language Imagery ▫White folks ▫Pink and green shanty ▫Homemade dresses ▫White girl Alliteration ▫Shanty-fied shotgun section

11 Stanza 3 PoemAnalysis But I paid for it every time Mama found out. She laid her hands on me, then washed out my mouth with Ivory soap. This is to purify, she said, and cleanse your lying tongue. Believing her, I swallowed suds thinking they’d work from the inside out. The sections of text in italics signifies a person speaking. To purify could represent that being white is the right thing. Because her mother punishes her for lying she obviously doesn’t want her to be ashamed of her life.

12 Stanza 3—Figurative Language Imagery ▫Laid her hands on me ▫Ivory soap Alliteration ▫Swallowing suds

13 Speaker The speaker of the poem is the author as her heritage is similar to the girl in the poem suggesting that they are the same person.


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