When a writer wants a character to show emotion, they will use smiles, frowns, sighs, shrugs, blushes, glares, or a furrowed brow to outwardly convey reactions to internal responses. Actors use masks to outwardly project comedy, tragedy, delight, happiness, sadness or solemnity that hides, changes, and transforms the personality of the wearer into a character entirely different than their own. The best actors and authors are those who master the art of disguise to play the character that is assigned to them.
What made Shakespeare so famous was his ability to unmask the true identity of his primary characters. It was this uncovering process that is the major focus of his stories where every character seems to have a crumbling sense of self. The way his characters fashion themselves presents unique images and reveals parts of the world and relationships that his audience had often never seen before. Through his imagination we perceive how their choices and actions are often the strongest external sign of internal human natures. His audience was made vividly aware by showing how his characters’ actions formed their identities and foretold the future. By establishing a bit of prophetic background to frame the entire plot, each story is a journey whereby layers are slowly stripped off the main characters to reveal their identities. This is the legacy that Shakespeare perfected and the process used by adoption detectives to recover family connections.
Adopted children are like actors. When memories of their childhood fade into oblivion they become uncertain of their true identity and potential. They adapt by learning to mask their inner feelings and project a positive image to get what they want. How they present themselves reveals how they think about their own identity.
Adoptees searching for their birth parents are challenged to discover the plot and solve the mystery of their own adoption stories. But, before they can ascertain the truth and bring to light their true identity, they must de-mask the other actors in their lives to expose their motives. When participation in this process happens willfully the flow of events is altered and destiny is manifested.
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