The Ned Flanders character half mask is representative of the next door religious zealot who means well, is confused by questions of dogma and always preaching what he believes. There are no gray areas for Ned since his religious beliefs answer all questions clearly and definitively.
The theatre half mask allows for a theatre of enhanced truth and a play of archetypes. The mask can say and play in a way that what is said is heard on a much deeper level. It is a theatre of masks that speaks deeply to n audience about contemporary issues and problems that permit a greater understanding of humanity through the telling of stories.
Ned has been heard to say: “ I’ve done everything the Bible says – even the stuff that contradicts the other stuff!”