Dear Cheeky Death Mask




Mask, Self, Persona, Virtual Reality World


I wonder how the necessity of masking oneself in the modern times of the 21st century can be evaluated apart from the fear of death (covid-19). non-existence, acceptance

out of fear of not being able to see? What can be said about the intellectual foundations of this sociological phenomenon that upsets the boundaries between reality and fiction? In the Ancient Roman Theater, actors used masks called persona. Persona is used to mean person, personality, character. The mask worn on the face on the stage turns into the voice of the self portrayed by the actor. It turns into the character that the player wants in his hand. It hides the real self in front of the audience. Just like in modern times (social media, virtual world), the self is hidden under the mask and shows itself in the form it can transform. As Mevlana said, "Either be as you appear or appear as you are." Mevlana explained the complexity in a very plain language. Whether you wear a good or bad mask, the self behind all masks is fake. What is real is our self standing in the sun.

When we look at the historical development of personality, according to Eric From, our self is the transformation of our social activities into life experiences through socialization. What did people hope for in the age of uncertainty, when the self is tried to be integrated again?.. one of the masks that are the face of metaphorical expression in the relationship he establishes with life...

As the phenomenon of the mask is on the wanted list of mythologies from past to present, it seems that it will continue to write its own history by adding new meanings to the fragmentation of the self of modern times and bringing new personas (in our lives as forms of communication). Here is the adventure of being a part of the story of the personas who put their masks through this article..

In this article, the codes of the emergence of the mask, which serves to convey the message, as a form (the face of the desired identity) and positioning it in an indispensable place as a communication tool, are tried to be analyzed in this article.


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How to Cite

Narınç, L., & Yılmaz, B. . (2023). Dear Cheeky Death Mask. EUROASIA JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES & HUMANITIES, 10(35), 1–10.