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The Human Masquerade


Caitlyn Clark

on 20 March 2014

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Transcript of The Human Masquerade

The Human Masquerade
A mask, as in hiding one's true identity, can conceal one's life from the outward world's perspective, through the desire of wanting to be accepted, lies, or low self-esteem.
A Streetcar Named Desire
Blanche DuBois
Please Stop Laughing At Me
Jodee Blanco
The Great Gatsby
Jay Gatsby
Low Self-Esteem
By: Caitlyn Clark
Short Answer
Main Topic
We Wear the Mask
“We understand how dangerous a mask can be. We all become what we pretend to be.”
~Patrick Rothfuss,
Name of the Wind
"Masquerades disclose the reality of souls. As long as no one sees who we are, we can tell the most intimate details of our life."
“Gatsby had told Nick the truth himself about his past. Many rumors were spread previously by individuals everywhere about Gatsby, that when it came time to Gatsby truly revealing his past, Nick had no clear impression of who he really was and Nick, himself, questioned if he believed “everything and nothing about him.”
In which ways can humans mask themselves in order to obscure themselves from society?
Have you ever been in a situation where you've felt the need to portray yourself in a different manner than who you usually are, in order to fit in or be accepted?
Masks their lives and portrays it in a different way
Masks themselves in a way that is appealing to others but may not be the best for themselves
"No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true."
~Nathaniel Hawthorne,
The Scarlet Letter
We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,-
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.

Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!
Low self-esteem
Low self-esteem
“Never inside, I didn't lie in my heart”
Let the outside world determine who they should become, which led them to their demise
The characters who deceived others to be accepted and to raise their self esteem eventually came to be seen as they really were, which made their false impressions cease and overall fail them
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