"I Am A Man"
Throughout the novel The Elephant Man by Christine Sparks, John Merrick's 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 John's mask of ugliness,
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that he has for himself. People everyday, are excluded from personal happiness because of this rudeness and the majority of mankind does not think twice about centering out someone who is physically challenged. People should not be looked upon as less of a person because they look different. John Merrick states this best when he says, "I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being!…I AM A MAN!"(257).