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How does Society Use Masks?

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"How does Society Use Masks?" Mask can be used in many different contexts and in many different ways. In this essay I plan to portray in particular "how society uses masks". In the dictionary a mask is described as: 1. A covering worn on the face to conceal one's identity, as: a. A covering, as of cloth, that has openings for the eyes, entirely or partly conceals the face, and is worn especially at a masquerade ball. b. A grotesque or comical representation of a face, worn especially to frighten or amuse, as at Halloween. c. A facial covering worn for ritual. d. A figure of a head worn by actors in Greek and Roman drama to identify a character or trait and to amplify the voice. ...read more.


Many films and Theatre Companies have used masks or even based a film on masks. For example, the film "The Mask" featuring Jim Carrey was based upon a mask, which changed the person who put it on. Other films such as "The Mask of Zorro" use the mask for protection so that the person who defends the towns' people can never be found out. In addition to this people also use masks at posh parties or masquerades. They wear a mask that only covers half of their face and then they feel their identity has been changed so they can flirt with whom they like. ...read more.


This suggests that there are insecure with their face without make-up on. A more extreme example of this factor is men or women having plastic surgery. Women, either by older women who want a younger face or by younger women who want larger breasts, more often use this. This again leads back to being insecure about their looks, however this process can do a lot of good to the person mentally. If you feel better about the way you look then that automatically gives you more self-belief. In conclusion society uses masks in two different ways, the first, in a place where they want everyone to see and enjoy their masks, i.e. Films or theatre. And the other masks, one that they want people to notice them but not the mask itself, i.e. make-up. Darren Coombs 10B 02/05/2007 ...read more.

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