There are many themes apparent in the film The Elephant Man. Two of the most apparent themes are acceptance and compassion. The Elephant Man, John Merrick, wants to be accepted by society but because of his appearance is not. Doctor Treves looks beyond John's appearance to what is inside of him.
The first time compassion and acceptance is shown towards John, we begin to see a change in his attitude. John Merrick's attitude change is seen in the transition between his two li