Concept behind the title ‘Black
skin , White Masks’.
paper: ‘the postcolonial
S. t. d: M.A(sem-3)
kunvarani Nidhi k
Department of English
Bhavsinhji University .
Introduction: ‘Black skin,
Black skin, White Masks’ written
by Frantz Fanon in 1952.
‘The title of the novel is itself
suggestive.’ Black Skin, White
Divided in to the 8 parts.
‘Masks’ is the Central theme in
the writing of the 20th century
Divided in to the 8 Parts:
!.’The Black man and Language.’
2.’The Woman of color and the
3. The man of color and the white
4.The so-called Dependency Complex of
5.The Lived Experience of
the Black Skin.
6.The Black man and the
7.The Black Man and
8.Way of Conclusion.:
Examples of ‘Masks’ based writing of
Robert Frost’s poem ‘Design’.
The ‘Mourning Becomes Electra’ by Eugene O’Neill.
‘The Birthday Party’ by Samuel Beckett.
Concept behind the title : ‘Black Skin, White
Fanon’s used of Language.
The Beginning Quote:
“ I am talking about
millions of men whom
they have knowingly
instilled with fear and a
inferiority, whom they
have trained to
tremble, to kneel and
behave like flunkeys”.
-A. Cessaire Discouse on
Introduction of the ’Black
Skin, White Masks.’( p. xi)
What does man want?
What does the black man want?
Running the risk of angering my black
brothers, I shall say that a Black is not a man.
-Introduction of the ‘black skin, White
For after all, When we read in ‘I Am a Martinician Woman” I Would have liked to marry, but
with a white man, Only, a colored Woman is never quite respectable in the eyes of a White
man- even if he loves her, I knew well.”
- ‘Black Skin, White Masks’(p.25)
“All I Know is that he had blue eyes, blond hair, a pale Complexion and I loved him.”
- Mayotte (p.25)
By loving me ,she proves to me that I am worthy of a white love. I am loved like a white
European Civilization and it’s agents of the highest, caliber are responsible for colonial
His body is black: his tongue is black ;his soul must be black too”.
-Antillean his fellow lander(p.157)
If I cannot change my color,
I want Adventure.
The white man is a slave who was allowed to assume a master’s attitude.
My final Prayer:
O my body, always make me a man who question.
There is nothing like ,Good or bad. But, It’s thinking that makes it so.
-Shakespeare in “Hamlet”
Frantz, Fanon. 'Black Skin, White Masks'. New York: Grove press, 1952.