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The Elephant Man Essay

640 words - 3 pages

For everyone life is already hard enough. All anyone wants is to be accepted and to feel cared about but when you are unfortunately born with deformities life is a hundred times harder. According to his play The Elephant man Bernard Pomerance believes that society will shun those with deformities until they take the time to actually get to know them.
John was a man shunned by society because he simply didn’t look like everyone else. He was born with a serious case of Elephantitis and was said to look like a monster. Treves John’s doctor in The Elephant man by Bernard Pomerance goes on to describe johns features, “The most striking feature about him was an enormous head. Its circumference was about that of a man’s waist. From the brow there projected a huge bony mass like a loaf, while from the back of his head hung a bag of spongy fungous-looking skin.” Due to his features, John went through a lot of dreadful times, he describes his brutal treatment in the play, “At home they chased us. Out of London. Police. Someone complained. They beat me. You have no trouble? No?” These people knew nothing about John but the continued to treat him with cruelty because they felt that he was a monster and the was no acceptable in their society, no one would take the time to know him. All John wanted was to feel was like he was accepted, “I look forward to it. Happiness, I mean.” Due to society’s treatment John was forced into a life of cruelty, depression, and loneliness.
During the 1980’s the rich, beautiful, and all around powerful were the accepted image of society. John was none of these things, and they would not accept him as anything other than a monstrosity. “They wanted to rip him to pieces. I’ve never seen anything like it. It was like being Gordon at bleedin’ Kharton.” This is...

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