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Elephant Man Project
Updated: 2/21/2020
Elephant Man Project
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  • John Merrick's Living Quarters in this scene, the elephant man is forced to live in a cage when he's not performing. In this cage, he is unable to interact with the outside world and people view him as nothing more than a monster. His living conditions, along with the abuse by Bytes are some reasons Dr. Treves wants to take Merrick.
  • "Not a home I should ever have to take him back to. He is kept by a man named Bytes who describes himself as his 'owner'- as if he was an animal... When he is not on display he is abused and beaten and fed just enough to keep him alive," (Sparks 61).
  • London Hospital This hospital's usage of medicine and safety were the most modern in their time. Treves worked as an expert on removing appendicitis in the hospital, which normally had a high mortality rate and wasn't commonly treatable. If he could get a hold of the elephant man and do further research on him, a new discovery with his condition would make him a better well known doctor.
  • "At the operating table where Treves would work, the stove cast a ruddy glow over him, the glistening of his face lit up by the oil lantern he worked by, held up by a nurse whose sole function this was," (Sparks 11).
  • Gentlemen, John Merrick is not an animal. He is a man, fully aware of his condition. An intelligent, sensitive, literal man, with an intimate knowledge of the Bible. His horrible infirmates do not reduce him to anything less than what he is, a man; and it would be criminal if we of the London Hospital, his final refuge, the last place on earth where this man can find peace, were to cast him out,” (Sparks 133).
  • Treves tries to give a convincing speech about why John Merrick should able to stay there. Carr-Gomm decided to write a letter to the newspaper in order to try and receive donations.
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