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Cracking the Audre Lorde Code “I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood” - Audre Lorde. Audre Lorde was a poet, lover, mother, warrior, and also fiercely passionate as her works spoke her deepest convictions. Audre Lorde’s life influenced her literature through her relationship with her mother, education, depression, and experiences through racial injustice to show that you can overcome anything by turning the negative into something positive. Audre Lorde’s relationship with her mother influenced her works of literature. In Hanging Fire, the mother is very distant from her daughter. “and momma’s in the bedroom with her door closed” (Lorde 719). The fourteen year old girl is seeking advice from her mother about her problems, but she isn’t becoming available for her to talk to her. Audre and her mother were in a similar relationship “Lorde’s mother in particular was emotionally distant….” (Pope 662). Audre wasn’t at all close to her mother because her mother was going through a struggle. Audre’s relationship with her mother and her education influenced her literary works. Audre’s experiences in her education influenced her works of literature. Lorde became an excellent student due to the absentness of her parents “Her academic success led to admission to Hunter High School….” (Pope 662). Hunter High School in the late 1940s was known as a school only for the gifted children, so it was like a genius school. In Hanging Fire, the girl is also great in school “I should have been on the Math Team my marks were better than his” (Lorde 719). The girl was very intelligent and wanted to be on the math team, but due to her gender she didn’t make the team. Education and also depression influenced her works of literature.…...

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