No Face

Joshua Green
Prof. Kpalukwu
English 1020
Sep 24,2018

The Mask

In "No Face" by Junot Diaz expresses the reasons why people wear masks to become someone or something else entirely. The mask is a disguise that can hide away insecurities one may have. This short story follows a young boy named Ysreal, and his harsh reality. His mask is how he escapes the jaws of life. Ysreal is a good kid that just wants to make thoughout each day as if it was his last. Being poor the simple things in life can make a kid happy. Ysreal unforutinatly isn't able to be simply left alone. Daiz presents Ysrael as " a character victimized by location and circumstances." ( Miller) Ysreal's life is but a ...

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eye and the muscle revealed it's delicious, like lechosa."(para.32) Ysreal lives with his mask always on if he can help it. He starts most of his days with exercise. He goes to a tree and begins his pull-ups and then he " picks up the cafè dehuller and he owes it to his chest for a 40 count. His arms, chest and neck bulge and the skin around his temple draws type, about to split. But oh no! He's unbeatable and drops it the dehuller with a fat yes."(para.1) This is a demonstration of his superpowers. His super powers include super endurance, strength, speed, and invisibility. Throughout the story, he uses these powers to get out of situations. When he is wearing the mask, he feels as though he can do anything. He believes he is normal when wearing the mask. This is the reality that he secluded himself in. The delusion that he has superpowers when wearing the mask.
This world can be so unforgiving. Appearance can be weapons for other peoples destruction. Ysreal outside of the ...

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under a table where no one can see him"(para.51) he's been promising operation however he does not feel as though his will ever get the chance to change his look. He believes it will "fail like the santeras his mother hired, who called every spirit in the celestial dictionary for help."(para.51) empty promises are what he believes the facial operation will end up being even if the doctors say " we'll get him there eventually."(para.49)
People connect to Ysreal. Since people cool throughout harshness and their everyday lives. Not to the extent of Ysreal getting bullied every day, but the problems everyone has. People wear masks to work metaphorically. A person with mask all their ...

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