Does it continue the running theme throughout the film? The things I can think of are:

Don't ever be ashamed of who you are -Norman


Then why does he wear a mask? What's he got to hide? -Jameson

Obviously, the two main characters wear a mask (Green Goblin and Spider-Man). Is the totem/mask scene trying to show the split personality of Norman Osborn/Green Goblin?


This is a case of the tail wagging the dog. Raimi decided that Osborne needed to be masked in order to become a (non-goofy) recognisable Green Goblin character. To that end, the producers need to show the evolution of his mask and hence decided to add masks to the mansion.

“Once we got on the set, the costume wasn’t too big of a deal,” he [Defoe] adds. “The suit was designed and very functional, and I had to wear the mask. It was a hard mask, and some people even referred to it as a helmet. I could put the mask on and take it off, and there’s a good tie-in to the mask in the film. You see Norman Osborn in his study, and it’s clear that he collects masks. You also see the suit and the mask being developed in his laboratory. So they don’t come out of nowhere. In the same way that Peter designs his Spider-Man costume, Norman inadvertently designs his Green Goblin costume.”

Starlog #299 - Shadow of the Green Goblin

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