Kailee Gronow 1 ENG 10 Final Prompt #3 June 9, 2020 Not Your Average Joe Peter Shaffer’s Equus is as complex as the mysterious human mind. Shaffer investigates psychological questions about normality. Individuality perhaps triumphing normality provokes many uncertainties; while unraveling the mysterious, psychological thrill that makes up the plot. Shaffer’s Equus examines the minds of two characters: Alan and Dr. Dysart; revealing that unconventional worship may be equivalent in importance to the mainstream ones. In order to draw this conclusion Shaffer discloses Alan’s true attraction to his fantasy, the religious upbringing conflicting with his mental health, and how individuality can even persuade a psychiatrist to question his purpose. Seventeen year old Alan, is torn between his repressed sexuality and the religious views amongst his household; the characterization of his parents, Dora and Frank, reveals that Alan lives in a house where sexuality is repressed. His mother sees sexuality as dirty and is reluctant to further discuss this. Even his father describes his wife to be excessively pushing her religious beliefs down their son’s throat. This leads to Alan developing a strange fantasy; he first describes his attraction, "I couldn't take my eyes off them. Just to watch their skins. The way their necks twist, and sweat shines in the folds..." Although his fantasy is abnormal, it isn’t necessarily
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