Saturday, 8 October 2011

Review of The Elephant Man.

Fig 1 The Elephant Man

Fig 2 The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man is

It appears that in his life he found living really hard as life for John was a struggle. The point that John was deformed and it’s how he was treated by humans, that would look at him in a different way. The saddest part of the film to me is when he first spoke. This felt as John is holding all his strength to say a word. It must be so hard to live such a life, the point that John survived in such a cruel world is beyond will.

Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick, a 19th-century Englishman afflicted with a disfiguring congenital disease. With the help of kindly Dr. Frederick Treves, for his great loss having spent his time inside a show freak. Fredrick Treves is happy to help Joseph Merrick. This film is very sad and hard to watch about a man that is called ‘The Elephant Man’ or known to people the ‘freak’.
“Buried under an incredible mass of make-up, John Hurt still manages to invest his portrayal of Merrick with dignity and courage” It appears that John is playing a great role. As the character of ‘The Elephant Man ‘ having courage to playing such a sad deformed character. The touching scene 'Oh, Mr Merrick, you're not an elephant man at all. No, you're Romeo'. The actress is saying that your not a Elephant Man, your are something much more special. As the celebrated actress is being nice towards Johan Merrick but as this could be a sexual passion moment.

“But there is a distinction here that needs to be drawn, between the courage of a man who chooses to face hardship for a good purpose, and the courage of a man who is simply doing the best he can.” What’s interesting is that John Merrick is able to go forward in this rough roll coaster of life. Trying to be in a atmosphere where people see who he really is. That human’s don’t want a Elephant Man to belong here. What is denial and having no rights if your deformed or not.

The line that John Merrick says in a scene ’I am a not an animal, I am a human being’. Made me feel really good to the fact that John is able to speak and stand his ground to say I am a human just like you, This won me over, as he showed and expressed his emotions to the people in Victoria.

List of Illustations:

Fig 1 The Elephant Man.

Fig 2 The Elephant Man John Merrick.

Author, TM  By 'Time At Film Guide'
By Almar Halfidason.  24 Th May 2001. By 'BBC'
By Roger Ebert, January 1, 1980. 'Chicago Sun Times'  



  1. Hey Amrit,

    Excellent - you've got some quotes in here - that's great, but there's still some technical stuff you've got to deal with; when you quote from someone in a review or an essay, you must give a citation directly afterwards - this tells the reader to whom the quote originally belongs - who said it, and even though you've got a bibliography, you still need to make this clear. You do it by put information in brackets directly after the quote so, where you've used the quote from Roger Ebert, you should follow the quote with this (Ebert: 1980) - his surname and the date the review/article was published. Also, you should put your quotes into italic font, this again makes it totally clear to the reader when your writing stops and the quote starts.

    When you write your review for Splice this week, I want you to use the Harvard method for your quotes (The Harvard method is the system when you use brackets after a quote).

  2. Hiya Amrit! I'm not sure if you've sought help elsewhere but in case you still need some I thought I could still give you a few pointers.

    Phil described the essay introduction here: " A clear introduction which should mention the different published sources you have used and your reasons for choice. You should use no less than 5 published sources to inform your presentation."

    The introduction can sometimes be done last depending on how you work. If you like to just get it done as a starting point then start by picking your main sources and mentioning them, as well as the topic that you'll be discussing in your essay. If you wanted to just get into the bulk of your essay then the introduction can be done after (which is good if you change some sources or ideas half way through).

    You shouldn't be too worried about it as it really is just a basic introduction to what you're talking about and what you'll be using to talk about it.

    If none of that made sense leave me a comment or a post on here and I'll try to be more helpful :P