The film emphasizes their normalness. We do not see much of their performances in the circus but we do see their lives outside the big top. ...
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...e Hercules who was her accomplice. She becomes “the duck woman” with no legs, feathers, a stuffed chest and she can not speak, only quack.
Browning shows the “freaks” as regular people, through their affection for one another and their ability to express compassion and reaction to injustice, just like any of us would. He proves they may not look like us, but they can feel and many of them, except for the pinheads, can think just like we do. They've formed tight bonds with one another to protect each other from their fellow circus workers and their audience. The real people who should be ridiculed are the ones who look just like us, but they are cruel and manipulative. It's like the old saying “Don't judge a book by it's cover.” When Cleopatra is now in her own exhibit as “the duck woman” she is now one of the very same people she ridiculed and frowned down upon.
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