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Persona or Mask Persona or Mask is a narrative or story told through the voice of a fictional character created by the author. The word persona is from Latin meaning a mask made of clay or bark worn by actors. (This loose connection to the Latin gave me a forum under which to include this article.) Persona has evolved to be the "person" who speaks in a poem or work of fiction. That person's character can be developed not only through the words he or she speaks but also from the events surrounding the character. The device is an effective way to tell a story because the story unfolds thro