This idea of internal suffering also ensured that the episode made some interest
This idea of internal suffering also ensured that the episode made some interesting thematic links from the ideas of inherent monstrosity and manifestations of a person’s behaviour. Stella Brooks is considered beautiful by Jackson, because of, rather than despite, her deformity. Likewise, Merrick may be 'monstrous' (particularly to the nineteenth century population), but is actually the most honourable character in the episode, dying for his desire to reveal the truth (we’ll be returning to that scene shortly). His monologue about loneliness at the end was beautifully put together from the framing of the wide shot as he ascended the stairs to Joseph Drake’s measured and emotional delivery.
It also made some interesting links between the concept of shame and outward appearances; like Stella who has no shame in her body, Shine continues to swagger about confident in his own abilities. He continues to commit such horrific acts because he doesn’t feel ashamed about doing so.