The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman

The family lives a humble life in an apartment - while Charity is happy with their life, however, Barnum dreams of more, wanting to offer Charity a life of wealth and comfort. Barnum is fired from his job as a clerk at a shipping company after the company goes bankrupt following the sinking of their trading ships in a typhoon. Taking a risky bet on an idea, he takes out a large loan from a bank, deceiving the bank into using the sunken trading ships of his former employer as collateral. He uses this loan to build "Barnum’s American Museum" in downtown Manhattan, an attraction showcasing various wax models of subjects of interest, including a giraffe, elephant, and various historical figures. Initially, sales are slow; on the suggestion of his children, he endeavors to search for various "freaks" (people with various physical abnormalities or extraordinary abilities) to serve as performers for his museum (Come Alive) – this venture succeeds, attracting a wide audience and resulting in high ticket sales despite protests and poor reviews (the wording of one of which prompts Barnum to rename his venture to "Barnum’s Circus").