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Question

Read the following stanza from Audre Lorde's poem "Hanging Fire" and answer the question.

I am fourteen and my skin has betrayed me the boy I cannot live without still sucks his thumb in secret how come my knees are always so ashy what if I die before morning and momma's in the bedroom with the door closed.
Why does the speaker say her skin "has betrayed" her?

A)She feels like she finally looks the way she wants to look.
B)She is excited about the future.
C)She is comfortable with who she is.
D)She feels like she is fighting her own body.


2 Answer

  • D)She feels like she is fighting her own body. - this is a poem about being a teenager and all the changes that go with it.

    Hope that helps
  • Answer: D) She feels like she is fighting her own body.

    Explanation: "Hanging Fire" is a poem about coming of age. The speaker is a teenager that says her skin betrayed her because she has no control over the changes she's experiencing. It is considered "betrayal" because she may feel that her body is working against her, and she may not be feeling her best because of it.

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