4. (IELTS Speaking Part 3) Why do so many people find clowns scary?
- fears of the hidden face
(sensory overload at a circus - unusual sights, sounds, and smells -> easily become overwhelmed by the surreality of the clown's performance - heavy makeup, colorful costumes, and over-sized prosthetics all help to mask the true emotions and intentions of the performers -> very unnerving to a child)
- frightening media portrayals.
(clowns are often portrayed as emotionally unstable or even psychotic in many forms of media - killer clowns, emotionally conflicted clowns)