‘The Elephant in the Dark Room’: Merrick and Menacing Mimicry in Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man

  •  Samira Sasani    


This paper tries to look at Pomerance’s The Elephant Man, from a new perspective from which no critic has investigated the play, before. Applying postcolonial theory of Homi K. Bhabha to the play, the author scrutinizes how ‘mimicry strategy’, employed by the colonizer and the Other, can be threatening for both and how the identity is mutually constructed in the Third Space in the presence of the Other, the difference. Comparing the way people project their own fears and desires onto the Other—Merrick—with Rumi’s Parable of “The Elephant in the Dark Room”, the author tries to lucidly delineate the colonial relationship between Merrick and other characters more comprehensibly.

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