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The basic premise of the writing task sounds like a very positive one, affirming the quality of the person who lives without having to wear a "mask." I am going to take it in a darker direction, though. With the idea that the person can be constructed or "open," I would suggest that Hitler would be an example of a person who lived without a mask. There is little concealment in the writings and politics of Hitler. There is little of hiding behind a mask. As early as his 1925, Hitler made fairly clear what his intentions were and demonstrated his beliefs in a non- masqueraded manner. Hitler can be seen as someone who had never had to put on a "mask" metaphorically to hide his identity. In this, the case can be made that there are times when masks are needed, are actually good things. The notion of wearing a mask indicates that individuals can be predisposed to keeping their own identity secluded, to an extent, in order to ensure social cohesion. Hitler did not wear a mask because he sought social fragmentation and was quite open about it. I think that you can analyze Hitler's writings and his actions and see little that indicates a masquerade. His desire for power, yearning for a stronger Germany, and willingness to blame and punish anyone who stood in the way of these notions are ideas that he represents freely, without a mask. In this, I think that the writing task might take a bit of a darker turn, suggesting that some level of "mask- wearing" might not be entirely bad if the option of not wearing one can be destructive to so many.
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