Jong hyun koo Koo1
4 December 11
Paper#2: The Mask
The origin of the ‘masquerade’ goes back to the days of Roman Empire. Aristocrats in the Roman Empire used to have a masquerade as a form of a social get-together and blind dating. They were instructed to wear masks that resembled animals. It was a thrill to dance and socialize with someone that they didn’t even know. Over the centuries, wearing masks, or idea of the mask itself has become more of a metaphorical term than a literary term. Today, the mask symbolizes the disguising of one’s personality and identity.
Today, the matter of maintaining a stable and superficial relationship with many individuals has become more important than the matter of engaging in a profound relationship with a few. Good job opportunity, good political position and reputation, and other advantages to make the life easier come from interpersonal relationships. More personal connections mean more money and power. In order to increase the network of contacts, people naturally try to change their personality in a way that many people regard as idealistic. Also, with the emergence of multimedia, the access to the ideology of many renowned individuals with ‘idealistic characteristics’ has become easier than ever. Whether it is through their autobiography or through their articles on the internet, the simple access to the contemporary philosophy and ideology open more chances for people to improve and change their personality. In other words, they have more opportunities to hide their true self, and cover themselves with new characteristics that other people like. Many people want to be like somebody who is held in respect and fame. It is the undeniable nature of human being. That is why they transform their
A world consists of societies, a society consists of groups, and a group consists of individuals. People who share common purposes or goals would form a group. Common purposes or goals create solidarity - the sense of we-ness in a group. As the forms of solidarity, attraction, loyalty, identification and association exists in a group. What does attraction, loyalty, identification and association ...
personality, and hide emotions that seem unpleasant to others’ eyes. They wear the mask of the individual whom they desire to resemble either physically or mentally. This phenomenon is not necessarily bad if it is viewed as a form of self-improvement. However, wearing another personality as a mask in a form of self-disguise can incur oblivion to one’s identity.
‘Who am I?,’ is a fundamental question that everyone faces. Everyone is different physically and mentally, therefore, everyone is unique. Uniqueness is what determines one’s identity. However, people currently seem to be not very concerned about the dignity of their identity. They are not straightforward about their emotions, and they are afraid of showing the frailty of true personality. They bind themselves in their trivial thoughts, and wear a mask called pretense and guile. Why? Because the trend of the world tells that it is not ‘cool’ to reveal the true self because others may take advantage of it, but what is ironic is that people are pretentious and guile even though they despise them. This is the bitter, lifelong comedy that most people find themselves. They act like a person that they are not, which is an affront to their selfhood. If a person loses his identity, he loses everything no matter how others regard him as a successful individual, because he has no purpose and joy in life. Identity is an abstract term that dignifies the meaning of one’s life.
People are born to wear mask after all, and sometimes, it reaches to the point where they lose their dignity. Human beings are born to hide their character and who they really are to others because they are fragile. The mask is a symbolic way for people to hide their agony from themselves and others, as well as shield themselves from their imperfection.
One's personality can be understood from the people they mingle with." With this said, I find myself most influenced and inspired by personalities similar to mine. Whether it is an innate biological factor or a result of my upbringing, I find myself to be an anthology of all the personalities within my immediate family. My family's personalities and leadership qualities are all similar and have ...