Fig 1 The Elephant Man
Fig 2 The Elephant Man
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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. getmovielink.com
Fig 2 The Elephant Man John Merrick. anthonyhopkinsmovies.com
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'