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Eduardo HernandezA Mask for SurvivalWhen individuals trade in their freedom of expressing their true self for a role, they put on a mask to disguise themselves. To adapt to the people and situations surrounding them, they wear this mask to hide from their reality. In regards to the difficult situations surrounding them, survival is essential, and to survive a disguise is necessary in order to keep up with the challenging circumstances. The element of disguise is evident in Hamlet, Harrison Bergeron, and The Boatas characters in each of the stories wear masks to adapt to their surrounding circumstances. In Hamlet, the protagonist of the play puts ona mask from the beginning of the play just after he sees the ghost. Also, in Harrison Bergeron, George hides from his reality due to the governments handicapping program. Furthermore, in The Boatthe father is forced to live his life with a mask so he can comply with his surrounding situation. All three characters demonstrate the hardships they go through; to survive they disguise themselves to be someone they are not. In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Kurt Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron, and Alistair Macleod’s The Boat, characters use masks in attempt to comply with their surrounding circumstances. Firstly, in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the main character Hamlet portrays himself to be insane, in order to mislead everyone to think he is not determined for revenge. The play is mainly a large study of his emotional turmoil while he is involuntary chosen to withstand an unpleasant environment. A prime example of why Hamlet acted insane is so he could examine Claudius’ guilt freely. The ghost had informed Hamlet that Claudius was the murderer of his father, and it was Hamlet’s duty to confront Claudius. In order
Eduardo Hernandezfor Hamlet to investigate Claudius without suspicion arising, Hamlet wore the mask of a mad man. Hamlet fakes his insanity to distract Gertrude and Claudius from his true intentions of exposing his uncle for the murder of his father. Several times throughout the