Elephant ManIn literature, as in life, we encounter persons who have faultsas well as virtues.
In the novel The Elephant Man by Christine Sparks aman has faults. The character that has faults in this novel is Bytes whois a greedy man and a circus owner.Often people have a fault of virtue of another person.
Bytes madeMerrick, the Elephant Man, live in the basement. Merrick lived in Bytes’basement for more than two decades. The basement was cold and allMerrick had an old dirty brown blanket to keep warm. Bytes whipped thewall so that Merrick would obey.When people have a bad character they often show it by what theysay. When Bytes put Merrick in the freak show he was trying to getmoney.
That proves he is greedy. He was getting people’s attention bysaying “‘ A wicked birth…monstrous.
..evil…'” (Sparks 1). Bytes was cruelto Merrick.
In the circus Merrick received his named the Elephant Man. People who have fault take it out on other people less fortunatethen they are to make themselves feel superior. Bytes did exactly this toMerrick. He treated the Elephant Man inhumanly. He showed this bygiving Merrick a dirty blanket, potatoes and water for food supply.Merrick was beaten by Bytes.
Bytes had a lot of faults in this novel. He put the Elephant Man ina cold basement for more than two decades with barely any warmth andfood supply. Bytes also put Merrick in the freak show to make moremoney. Merrick was treated inhumanly. The author’s tone is that shecondemns mistreatment to any human being.
The purpose is toentertain or to inform. The intended effect is a feeling of sadness topeople who are treated poorly. The basic theme or assertion of thisbook is don’t judge a book by it’s cover.