For Keith, a 30 year-old entrepreneur, the tasks rendered by a clown require a healthy state of emotions besides good intellect. He made reference to a friend who has been a clown and comedian for five years now and Keith observes how flexible his friend could get upon admission that in being a clown, a number of characters may be assumed. More than a figure of entertainment, Keith managed to perceive clowns beyond an image of laughter, knowing that whenever his clown friend conducts shifts in facial expressions, it must be attributed to a serious labor of internalization prior to the show.
On the other hand, one of the interviewees who are over 40 argued that clowns give her an immediate impression of horror instead due to ‘creepiness’. According to a 43 year-old saleswoman, Marie, the grotesque look of a clown in makeup and outlandish suit entails fright and mystery behind the typical sight of cheer or frolic. Having come across motion pictures which have made clowns portray villainous roles, she confessed that her frequent watch of such movies has affected her former perception in a way that it becomes overridden with the film’s negative effect. Marie further stated “I get paranoid every time I pass by a circus or a place that looks like it and any spot that hints a clown’s presence.” Similarly, Jack, a 47 year-old truck driver, told of an equivalent sentiment whereby rather than finding delight in the clown’s performance, he merely gets disposed to focusing on the appearance particularly on the dreadful aspect of the clown’s countenance. Saying “I could not help feeling some degree of discomfort, aware of every possible evil underneath a seemingly mirthful facade”, he elaborates yielding to a weird sense of acquaintance with clowns.
(2) Write your own take on clowns and the social phenomenon of clown phobia. What causes this to happen in a culture? What is the