Core Friday this week was a play called “The Elephant Man,” which is a play about a man,Joseph Merrick, with extreme deformities. In this play, Merrick was treated like an animal rather than a person. The manager of a freak show used him as part of his show to get money. People say that his appearance is “indecent.” Because this disorder distorted Merrick’s appearance, he was mistreated by society. This play shows how much society values appearance and how people are treated differently just because of the way that they look.
This play reminded me of a movie that i had seen in high school, called Mask. Mask was a movie about a boy named Roy who suffered lionitis, “an extremely rare autosomal recessive bone disorder that causes calcium to build up in the skull, disfiguring the facial features and reducing life expectancy.” In both the movie and the play, both characters were mistreated by society based on their distorted appearances due to rare disorders.
I think that is is unfair how society treat people differently based on looks. In this society, appearance means everything. People are quick to judge someone based on their appearance without evening getting to know the person first. Do you think it is fair that people are judged solely based on their appearance?
Overall, i thought that this play was interesting. The actors in this play portrayed their character really well. What did you think about this play?