Comparative Analytical Text Essay
The Twins of Siam and The Elephant Man
People who are physically disabled all lead similar lives.
Do the Twins of Siam and the Elephant Man show this to be true?
The Elephant Man is the true story of Joseph Merrick’s life from Tim Vicary’s novel. Joseph Merrick was born in London in 1862 and later, he developed a disease that made him disabled. The Twins of Siam is a short text about Change and Eng, who were the conjoined twins, born in Thailand in 1811. These characters in both stories are all disabled and lived in the 18th century. Even though they all experience physical disabilities, Joseph Merrick’s life does not have a lot in common with Chang and Eng’s. While they are all physically disabled and stared at by others, Joseph’s life is more miserable since he suffers more abuse than the twins do. However, Joseph Merrick and the twins all have some happiness experiences in their lives, but he experiences more loneliness and misery than Chang and Eng. Although these three men feel frustrated because of their disabilities, they all find some activities that they enjoy and make the best of their lives.
While Merrick, Chang and Eng are all physically disabled and stared at by others, Joseph’s life is more pathetic since he suffers more abuse than the twins do. Unfortunately, Merrick has been humiliated and treated terribly by a man called Silcock in his early days, and he has no way of escaping his miserable life. When
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