The Masks

The Masks

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  • New Orleans during Mardi Gras time, Jason foster is ill and dying and invites his family to a Mardi Gras party, to which they arrive.
  • Jason Foster
  • Emily Harper
  • The masks- Rod Serling
  • Wilfred Harper
  • Exposition
  • Paula Harper
  • Wilfred Harper Jr.
  • Conflict
  • If even one of you should commit the briefest or slightest deviation from said proviso - refuse to wear them, take them off untimely, etcetera - then, from my estate, you shall each receive train fare back to Boston... And that's IT!
  • "vanity"
  • There's a ritual to the wearing. One tries to select a mask that is the antithesis of what the wearer is.
  • "self-pity"
  • Jason demands that he and his family wear a set of masks until midnight, holding their inheritance captive in order to get them to agree.
  • "avarice"
  • "clown"
  • Rising Action
  • "affable"
  • "valor"
  • "timid"
  • Jason assigns a mask to each one of his family members that represents the opposite of how each of them described themselves.
  • "selfless"
  • It's more than discomfort, it's becoming unbearable
  • Climax
  • I'm suffocating!
  • Jason unleashes his feeling towards his family member, describing in depth their absolute worst qualities, until finally, only seconds after midnight, Jason passes.
  • Jason and The Harpers, despite the endless complaints and desperate pleas to remove them, continue to wear the masks throughout the night, as the clock gets closer to midnight Jason becomes weaker.
  • it's what you've all been waiting for; now you can dig deep in treasury.
  • All of you! without your masks, you're caricatures!
  • I can't stand it, I'm taking it off!
  • I've had dull times, but this is the worst!
  • Falling Action
  • After the removal of the wretched masks, one by one they discover that their faces have molded into exact replicas of the hideous things
  • Much to the Harper Family's excitement, Jason has officially passed on to the next life, however that excitement is quickly disintegrated as the "unmasking" begins
  • Resolution
  • The Harper's are now forced to live the rest of their lives with the hideous faces that represent who they truly are on the inside.
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