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I Am A Man Throughout the novel The Elephant Man by Christine Sparks John Merricks quest becomes evident This quest is not only for John to attain the friendship of others yet furthermore for him to find a place in society where his horrid appearance will not cause people to gawk at him mercilessly John wants to be normal and have others perceive him as the man that he is Behind Johns mask of ugliness there is a virtuous tender gentleman whom only a few people take the time to discover John Merricks quest for love and stability in his life is impeded by the English societys fascination with freaks Johns fear of what is unknown to him and the Victorian eras perception of disabled people which lead John into believing that his dreams can never be satisfied In the generation of John Merrick the English society dominates itself with powerful people who obsess over others ill fortunes and appearance malformations The disabled people are merely objects for their owners 16 revenue which is why John is afraid to go back to Bytes While in the hospital John has wealthy prominent fame-crazed people come to see him everyday Mrs Madge Kendal starts these visits from Londons high society simply with respectable intentions Mrs Kendal as well known as she is has a group of followers What John does not know is that wherever Mrs Kendal goes others inevitably follow 182-183 With all of these ritzy visitors John believes that people want to see him for who he is not just to make themselves appear more valuable than their compeers are John and others alike excite the English When Fredrick Treves first hears about John Merrick an excitement takes possession of him2 and Treves feels like a hound that has scented prey3 Treves at first wants to use Johns disfigurements to make his name prestigious and notable Most people have used John to
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