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Romeo and Juliet Masks by summermagic Romeo and Juliet Masks by summermagic
I wasn't sure which category this belonged to. =\ I made these in 9th grade for an English project for the play Romeo and Juliet. We had to design a mask/masks that represented a certain character in the play. I ended up making 4 masks, while most people only did 2 at the max. xD Can you guess which mask represents which character?

Well, here's the answer in case you didn't get it. From left to right, Juliet, the Nurse, Friar Laurence, and Romeo. Each mask is symbolic of the character, so here's my lengthy explanation of each mask. xD

The Juliet mask is completely white and has a halo painted on the top as well as feathers/wings to represent an angel. Her right eye (looking down on the mask) has a rose around it and there is a rose bud next to that eye to represent how her love for Romeo bloomed like a rose. There are stars and a moon painted on the mask to represent that she was like an angel from the heavens. There is an upside-down heart in the shape of a teardrop coming from left eye. It represents how her love turned into a tragedy. There is half a lock on her mouth to represent how at first she always listened to her parents and had little or no say in things, but then after she met Romeo she no longer listened to her parents.

The next mask represents the Nurse. Her mask is half white and half black because it represents how she supported Juliet, but then later kind of betrayed her. The hearts also represent the same thing. Her mouth is painted red because it stands out from the mask which represents that she talked a lot; however, the mouth is not open because she did not spill Juliet's secret (her love for Romeo).

Friar Laurence's mask fades from black to white. The black side has an herb on it that is dark green/gray and is dying. The white side has a healthy herb that is bright green. This represents what he said that herbs can be either good or bad. The color of the mask and how it fades represents how his good intentions turned out bad. The cross on his head represents that he was a religious figure.

The last mask is Romeo. His mask is black because he is the opposite of Juliet. There is a white bird on the mask because Juliet said that she wanted to keep him like a little pet bird. His mask has a blindfold on because he was blinded by his love for Juliet. There are two teardrops because he was often controlled by his emotions and cried a lot.

If you actually read through all of that, then yay for you! xD I ended up getting like an A on this project. My teacher was a really hard grader and like literally never gave out an A+. -_- Sorry for the horrible background, but I took this picture at like 5 AM in the morning in the dining room where I was working on these. I'm such a procrastinator that I usually leave stuff for the last minute, like this project. So I end up staying up till like 3-5 AM trying to finish it in time. xD
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fallenangelrawr Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow these are amazing! You did an excellent job! I love Romeo's and Juliet's masks the most! Like I'm blown away!
summermagic Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
Thank you so much! :hug:
fallenangelrawr Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your Welcome~ :hug:
KairiRukia12 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
We are doing the same thing now. Juliet's is...kind of bold. Romeo's and the Nurse's masks are lovely. The friar's mask is simple and clean...I love it.
summermagic Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Thank you! :)
YUMI-Vs-Gorillaz Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Student General Artist
So you had to do this too? D: I'm looking around for inspiration to make mine! I'm just afraid I may not do so well on them, and mess their personalities up... I will do Romeo, maybe the Prince. I do like the Nurse too! They both just seem like they have been in there a lot though, not like a minor character should be.
summermagic Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
Yep, I'm guessing this is actually a pretty common project? I'm sure you'll do fine, whichever character you choose! It's perfectly all right to go for a major character as long as you're original, but if you want to do a minor character then go for it! Good luck on your project! :D
YUMI-Vs-Gorillaz Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Student General Artist
We gotta make two, a Minor AND Major character one! D: I'm sorta designing Romeo's, but I'm not sure if the Nurse is a minor character or not! She's in there quite a bit, know, not a whole lot. And thanks muchly. :meow:
summermagic Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Oh, haha, thanks for clearing that up! I thought you just had to do one mask, lol. I would personally say that the Nurse is a minor character.
Texeo Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
these are incredible. and i did read the explanations, and they suited really well. well done.
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