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Based on Water for Elephants, is it acceptable or exploitative for the circus to hire those deemed "freaks" for the entertainment of others?

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I suppose the answer to this question depends on one's moral values and the time period.  In the context of the novel, it does not appear that the circus workers feel exploited because they are deemed "freaks" by society.  On the...

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