The Use Of "Masks" In Othello

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Masks are worn every single day of our lives. Some masks are worn with costumes and some ?masks? are worn to cover up how our real personality is. Sometimes we can wear them for holidays such as Halloween but usually we wear them to hide our true feelings from one another. We all tend to act different in any situation and environment were placed in. we act a lot different at school then we act at home. We also act a lot different with our friends then our grandparents, etc. It?s a natural thing that everyone tends to do. Masks are also worn in stories and play?s which sometimes depict real life. In the play Othello, written by William Shakespear, a ...view middle of the document...

Masks have a lot of disadvantages.In the play Othello, a lot of the characters wear masks. Iago is one of those characters. He?s so jealous of Cassio?s success that he wants to ruin the lives of Othello, Desdemona, Cassio and anyone who gets in his way of his plot against all of them. His mask is shown by how he acts friendly to everyone when deep down inside he has nothing but hate for everyone. He lies a lot to get what he wants done. He lies to everyone throughout the play. Othello thinks that Iago is an honest man and would never do him any harm or wrong. Little does he know that Iago is just using him to ruin everyone else?s lives including his own.Another character that tends to wear a mask throughout the play is Othello. He doesn?t wear his mask as often as Iago, but he still wears it a little. Othello wears his mask when he is about to kill Desdemona. He still loves her deeply but knows that he must kill her just to uphold his name and have self respect for himself. He is more worried about his self image then his true feelings. No one can help but use masks sometimes during there lifetime. Everyone does it. There are some benefits for wearing a mask. You can sometimes use it to fit in and make some friends, yet there are a lot of costs for wearing a mask also. If you wear a mask very often, you might be stuck in that fake image of yourself. Masks hide your true feelings and your true personality. It?s better to be hated for who you are then loved for someone you aren?t.

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