Today in class...
“We wear the mask that grins and lies/it hides our cheeks and shades our eyes”
Journal: What do you think that this quote means?
Human beings hide our imperfections behind masks so that when we, as a human race, look in the mirror, we are able to deceive ourselves and others into believing a false reality.
The text we will be reading today portrays the flaws of humanity and provides numerous examples of human beings deceiving themselves and others while hiding behind idealized notions of goodness, equality, and perfection.
Warm-up: Below are ten word pairs. The first word in each pair is a vocabulary word. For each numbered pair, write S in the blank if the second word in the pair is a synonym or A if the word is an antonym. You may need a dictionary or a thesaurus for this activity.
1. impose: burden
2. retribution : retaliation
3. endeavored : avoided
4. obstinate : tenacious
5. immolation : creation
6. impunity : exemption
7. succession : precedence
8. precluded : included
9. recoiling : repulsing
10. connoisseurship : apprenticeship
The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe