In the community, the townspeople believe that since the minister is wearing this veil he has something to hide. These people don’t want anyone to know their sins, causing them to wear a “mask”. Since they are living in a Puritan community they believe that no one should do anything wrong, and if they do, no one should know about it. When people hide who they really are, they become scared of what will happen when people find out that they have sinned. Being true to yourself and to others is the main theme in this
The purpose of the mask varies by person and their situation. In the Ender’s case, it reveals his internal conflict of how he despises being the only one to show sympathy towards the buggers. Even when Peter forced Ender to wear the bugger mask, instead of showing more hatred towards the bugger, he understood them as a living thing. He placed himself in their shoes, ironically as it sounds, and scrutinized about their feelings toward the humans.
People have many different sides to them; some that they’re proud of and consistently show to the world and others that they’d rather keep hidden. These concealed, darker aspects are locked away due to morals and society, but in certain situations, those traits can rise to the surface. Anonymity can provide a sense of security for people to let their civility slide away resulting in them committing actions that might otherwise be unthinkable. In the novel, Lord of The Flies, by William Golding, a group of British boys crash on an island and slowly lose sight of logic, rescue and civility. Many of the boys hide behind anonymity, whether it’s provided from masks, the dark, or being consumed by a group, resulting in savage
In the book the Lord of the Flies the masks that Jack’s group uses helps them overcome their fear of killing the pig by hiding their true feelings. When Jack volunteers himself as the leader of hunting he doesn’t realize that he would have to overcome new challenges. Masculinity “masks” and the clay masks they wear in the Lord of the Flies are basically just “things trying to look like something else” (Golding 63). Jack explains to his group of hunters that the masks they were going to wear are so they can look like something they are not or to hide what is keeping them from killing a pig. This shows that they are trying to push away their true selves and by looking like something else they can make a character of who they choose to be based on the reason they put the “mask” on. Jack uses the clay and his knife as a part of his
The term ‘mask’ bonds itself directly to one of the boys, Jack, who appears even early on in the book as an authoritatively hungry, irrational figure. Even though it is Ralph who attains the position of Chief, Jack never puts down his wall of pride or superiority when facing him. He does however show opposition and struggle with this lack of power, to the point where he brings it upon himself to rebel
The small mask is a wood sculpture with pigment and were created around the late 19th to early 20th century. The masks were painted depicting anything from animals to human caricatures. The mask is symmetrical, “one of a kind”, and had lustrous curving surface that suggested clean healthy skin. Most of the masks represent an individual idealized by the Baule standards of beauty; a broad forehead, long nose, pronounced eye sockets, introspective, and peace. The portrait mask not only indicated beauty, but also refinement and desire to please others. This is rare, as most African art do not depict real people in their masks. The mask’s main function was to be used in ceremonial dances to celebrate and honor members of the community and ancestors. These ceremonies focused on the respecting the spirit of the ancestor and honoring the matriarch of the family. Overall sculptures all throughout West Africa were depicted to have the power to act, utilizing the practitioner 's power to communicate with the ancestors and spirits. The physical presence of the portrait mask allowed for the invisible spiritual world to interact with the visual world of
Have you ever had a day when you are too embarrassed of yourself that you wanted to hide by wearing a mask? Masks are used in various ways, they can be used for a Halloween costume or a stage play. The astonishing thing is that those masks are visible to others. In the Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the characters such as Myrtle Wilson, Jay Gatsby, and Daisy Buchanan use masks that cannot be seen with the naked eye, they used them as a way to hide their flaws to others.
In the beginning of the story, the mask adds to Jack's identity by making him feel anonymous. Before he puts the mask on he is scared to kill the pig, but the addition of the mask makes him feel anonymous and he builds up the courage to kill the pig. Golding writes, “He capered toward Bill, and the mask was a thing of his own, behind which Jack hid liberated from shame and self consciousness . (Golding 64)” When Jack has
As I read, Paul L. Dunbar’s “We Wear the Mask” I was interested in how he described what a mask represents. It is true that a mask was used to hide a person’s pain, emotion, or mood before the day known as Halloween developed. I love how Paul refers the use of the masks as a black or white person’s escape from other peoples’ worried faces. No one can ever understand what someone else is going through. People can never truly speak their truth or let out their suffering. Paul being one of few African Americans to speak his truths on the events he witnessed wrote this poem to show that no one should hide their thoughts or opinions behind a fake face or facial expression. The poem is like a fake speech on how the masks cannot shade your struggle.
The novel To Kill A Mockingbird exposes the reality behind the mask that people wear to protect themselves from ideas and thoughts that they have but don’t want to accept because they are scared to be vulnerable to society and possibly themselves.
The Mask You Live In begins with a George Orwell quote "He wears a mask and his face grows to fit it". The use of this quote in the documentary is to explain how men and young boys create a façade in which they live their lives behind. They put on a show for the world, while living behind this falsely created persona of happiness and security. The mask is the hard shell that young men are expected to face the world with. They are expected to show only their best selves and hide their insecurities and worries.
Golding shows loss of identity in Lord of the Flies by the actions of Jack Roger and Ralph.
In Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem, “We Wear the Mask” the speaker wears a mask to hide his internal suffering because he does not want the rest of the world to think he is weak. This poem relates the prejudice black people face against white people. The speaker starts the poem with the lines, “We wear the mask that grins and lies,” (1). Here he describes the kind of “masks” that he wears. “Grins and lies,” refers to how the mask functions, the mask smiles, showing happiness even when it is a fake and a lie. While describing how it feels to wear the mask, the speaker says, “With torn and bleeding hearts we smile” (4). He says this to show that on the inside they are suffering greatly, but they disguise themselves as smiling to show that nothing is wrong. This shows how the author feels while wearing his “mask,” and demonstrates to the reader how the speaker feels it is necessary to put up
It is, obviously, a symbolic one, that is meant to hide the suffering of people. It hides everything, “our cheeks and […] our eyes”, and “the eyes [being] the mirror of the soul”, the mask hides the inner you. (Dunbar, l. 2) (Paulo Coelho, Manuscript Found in Accra). But, in addition to the hiding, there’s also the lie about the emotion. Indeed, the mask isn’t only meant to hide the emotions, but also to create new ones on the surface, as we can see when the author said “We wear the mask that […] lies” (Dunbar, l. 1). Beside his word choice, Dunbar connects the reader thanks to literary devices. We can notice an alliteration in -m in line 5, with the words “mouth” and “myriad” (Dunbar, l. 5). This alliteration emphasizes these words, and, as a consequence, the word “subtleties”, which follows “myriad” (Dunbar, l. 5). We can also notice the allusion to the Christian religion, with the reference to the “Christ” (Dunbar, l. 10). It reflects the theme perfectly, because the Christ suffered a lot, especially when he carried his cross, but he never failed to show his pain, hiding his suffering. Moreover, it helps connect the reader to the poem, since some people were and are
Along the story line, Auggie wears a range of different masks. Auggie wears masks so that he can hide his face from people. Masks mean a lot to Auggie and help with his confidence"Halloween is the best holiday in the world. I get to wear a mask. I get to go around like every other kid with a mask and nobody thinks I look weird. Nobody takes a second look. Nobody notices me." Wearing masks shows the reader that Auggie wants to hide. Another example of a mask Auggie wore was his astronaut helmet. "When I was little, I used to wear an astronaut helmet everywhere we went. To the Playground. To the supermarket." Auggie remembers that he felt better when he wore the helmet. In another section in the book he says:. "Where I usually walked with my head down, trying to avoid being seen, today I walked with my head up, looking around. I wanted to be seen." This shows how much he struggles with his identity.