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Copy of The History of Masks: Greek

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By: Laura Karabasz The History of Masks: Greece Origin of Masks In northern Greece, a cult of Dionysus began. This cult included having men wear masks and participate on a stage while wearing masks. The men would talk as if they were the actual person they were portraying. The cult began to spread as more people began to join. The cult influenced more and more people to watch plays as it would help purify the people's own emotions. In time, Thespis would wear a mask onto a theatre and, soon after, wearing masks during plays would become popular. Uses for Masks Masks are used for amplifying the actors' voices. Masks can also help define different characters to the audience. One of the other uses for masks is that they help define a character's emotion. Most of the audience would not be able to clearly see the actors so the masks would show the audience how the character was feeling. They were used for visibility. When the director had not enough people for the number of parts to be played, he would have some of his actors play both parts with the mask being used to help the audience tell who was who. Masks in those times were made of wood, cloth, clay, or leather. The masks would have human or animal hair to enhance the mask. The masks had eye holes for the actor to see through. Leather Wood Cloth As time went on, it became customary for actors to wear masks during their performance. Main actors' masks would be elaborate and fancy while the rest of the cast wore simple masks. Masks were commonly used in greek comedies and greek tragedies. The reason for this was because of the cult of Dionysus, who was the Greek god of wine, and wine can induce two different feelings. One was the feeling of happiness and the other a dark brooding feeling. Types of Plays Where Masks Were Commonly Used Clay Applying Greek Masks Greek Theatres are large. Because of this, masks became even more popular than before. Since the masks helped the audience see and hear the characters, more and more people came to see the plays. In doing this, the masks became larger to fit over the entire head and the mask became crucial for all of the members of the audience so that the audience members could hear. What the Plays Were About Most greek plays have a meaning. Most ask questions that still apply in modern day society. Like how it said in "History of Greek Theatre," "Should we follow the rule of the law, or our own moral code? Do we have free will? How should we respond to injustice?" Pictures:

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