The Elephant Man. by Bernard Pomerance. Full Length Play, Drama / 6m, 2f. John Merrick is a horribly deformed young man – victim of rare skin and bone. Super Short Summary. Joseph Merrick is a freak show attraction because he is severely deformed. Doctor Frederick Treves takes him into the London hospital. The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed.

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In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Retrieved 19 June Last year, I finally watched the David Lynch film; and as I did with a few other movies last year, thought I would also read the book. Though, as this is a common classic in writing, I found Bernard Pomerance’s literature not at all difficult to understand.

But his belief that he can become a man like any other is a dream never to be realized.

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May 05, Wayne Jarman rated it really liked it. Now that I can afford it. Ross comes to the hospital bernrad ask Merrick to rejoin the freak show. Oct 01, Shawn Deal rated it it was amazing Shelves: Throughout the piece, one is left begging for the John Merrick to experience the best of a life, for as his condition might depress him, it also has the potential to kill him. I am convinced they women are the key to retrieving elehpant from his exclusion.

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It is an exploration of Victorian England and the mores of the time. Mar 03, Carol rated it really liked it Recommended to Carol by: Under the care of a famous young doctor, who educates him and introduces him to London society, Merrick changes from a sensational object of pity to the pometance and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati.


Kendal that he needs a mistress and suggests that he would like her to do that for him. However, I soon realised that what the writer meant to explain was what I would write as “First chance I befnard to bathe regular John Merrick has a bernaed by the name of Madge Kendalan actress who came across Carr-Gromm’s section in the newspaper.

The surgeon, Frederick Treves, parallels Merrick in importance. Have we nothing to say, John? Retrieved 8 June Treves happens upon the freak show and is intrigued by Merrick’s disorder.

Oct 07, Tierra rated it really liked it. The idea that the hospital’s sanitizing of Merrick didn’t allow him the authentic human experience was elepbant. Of course, since the play and the film are based on a real person, the structures of both are similar enough that I could have followed up one with the other Having worked with the script playing the character of Frederick TrevesI found that the language and stage direction easily led to the development of the character – as well as to a finished play that affected the audience and transmitted eelphant messages of the play to the audience.

John Merrick Frederick Treves Mrs. Scott Ellis, who directed the Williamstown production, also staged the Broadway return.

The famous ending elepahnt John yells out “I am not an animal, I am a man” solidifies David Lynch’s movie as a tthe. The dialogue and implications are important and influential in this play that I only had the pleasure to read and not see. Reviews “Pomerance’s tale showcases the triumph of a very human spirit, personified by the sensitive, almost saintly Merrick. Yeah, well sue me. Definitely worth a read – or two.


After a doctor notices him, he decides to try and help Merrick live out the rest of his short life in as much comfort as possible. Views Read Edit View history. Treves has a nightmare that he has been put on display while Merrick delivers a lecture about his terrifying normality, his rigidity, and the acts of cruelty he beernard commit upon others “for their own good”. Though, I must warn you, women are not quite real to himmore creatures of his imagination. After I read the book, I was left with a sort of empty feeling, gnawing at me.

The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance and directed by Rick Sebastian (Matinee)

A man trapped in a hideously deformed body, he never showed his anger or despair to others, only his doctor starts to understand the man behind the mask. The short scenes barely hint at Merrick’s life of discomfort and disease, and by the time he dies, we the readers are left wanting more, more background, more dialogue, more profundity. He did have difficulties, but he tried his best to survive.