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MIKE MINELLO Love in The Elephant Mans Life The novel The Elephant Man by Christine Sparks tells a melodramatic story of a man whos appearance is so startling it prevents him from experiencing the essential love most people experience in life John Merrick is robbed of his childhood when his mother abandons him He is also degraded and disregarded as a human being when he is put on display as part of a freak show As a result of Merricks appearance and abandonment he lacks the sensation of maternal love but he experiences self love and the love of friendship when he meets Dr Treves John Merrick never experiences the maternal love of a mother Even though she abandons him he forces his self to ignore the reality that she leaves him He believes that for some reason they have been forced to part and this was a great puzzle to which he would return to again and again for he knew his mother loved him and would not have willingly let him go 117 Merrick is unable to experience the comfort of a mothers touch instead he is forced to work like a slave in the work house and to be laughed at in the freak show As a result Merrick becomes very intimidated by his ownerbytes and refuses to speak He tells Treves the reason for him not speaking is because no one asked him to Merrick becomes attached to Mothershead in a way because she is almost like a mother She takes care of him and gives him emotional support but does not let him get away with everything he MIKE MINELLO 2 wants Merrick lacks the maternal love of his mother but he always believes that she is watching over him and that she will be there for him when it is time for them to be together she had come for him at last 278 Merricks emotions
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