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Symbolism of Masks

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Helen Macaulay

on 17 October 2014

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A mask is an ancient form of an expressive facial disguise, it was used to frighten enemies and contain identity.
In modern day the mask is generally known to be a symbol of the concealment of the ego behind an artificial mask.
in Romeo and Juliet the masks let the Montagues get into the ball without being noted as the enemies.
Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egyptians placed stylized masks with generalized features on the faces of their dead. The funerary mask served to guide the spirit of the deceased back to its final resting place in the body. The masks symbolize guidance.
Theater Masks
The two masks associated with drama symbolize the traditional generic division between comedy and tragedy.
African American
In African American culture the mask symbolizes trickery. In african American literature Tricksters achieve their objectives through indirection and mask-wearing.
Symbolism of Masks
"Break of Dawn Theater.":
The Story Behind the comedy and tragedy masks. http://breakofdawntheater.blogspot.ca/2012/02/story-behind-comedy-and-tragedy-masks.html

"The Trickster in African American Literature, Freedom's Story, TeacherServe®, National Humanities Center." The Trickster in African American Literature, Freedom's Story, TeacherServe®, National Humanities Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Oct. 2014. <http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/tserve/freedom/1865-1917/essays/trickster.htm>.

"Individual therapy, Individuation & Masks, 1: Symbolism." Brian Collinson RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Oct. 2014. <http://www.briancollinson.ca/index.php/2012/05/individual-therapy-individuation-masks-1-symbolism.html>.
In the movie Batman, Bruce Wayne wears a mask to hide his identity.
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