Equus & Dead Poets Society Essay.docx - John LeViness Professor Floridia ENG 102 August 2 2020 Affecting Another\u2019s Mental Health Parents are the

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John LeViness Professor Floridia ENG 102 August 2, 2020 Affecting Another’s Mental Health Parents are the people who initially set the foundation for how a child perceives the world. A child’s behavior is learned by what a parent says or does. This can lead to many problems in a child’s future if a parent or influence has a bad impact on one’s behavior or mental health. This doesn’t always relate to a parent, but anyone that has any sort of impact on one’s life can leave a sour taste and lead to future problems with mental health and behavior. In the play, "Equus" by Peter Schaffer, a boy named Alan Strang is suffering with mental health problems. Alan's parents Frank and Hester can no longer control their son, so they bring him to a psychologist, Martin Dysart, for professional help or guidance. Eventually, Alan feels like his parents and their way of raising him are responsible for his problems and actions. In the film, "Dead Poets Society" directed by Peter Weir, a boy named Neil goes to an Elite prep school and becomes motivated to become an actor by the school’s new professors. His professor John Keating is teaching a different style of poetry to his students, although other professors do not approve as well as the student’s parents. When Neil’s father won't let his son become an actor and tells him that he will no longer be attending that school, Neil decides to take his own life. These two stories show how people can have a significant impact on the mental health of others. In “Equus” the play tells the story of a psychiatrist named Martin Dysart who tries to cure his patient, Alan, who blinded six horses by stabbing their eyes out. Throughout the play we find
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out that Alan was messed up from the very start beginning. When Dysart starts meeting with Alan, we start to understand what the reason for his terrible actions are. The first encounter Alan has with a horse heavily impacted his future perception and thoughts on horses. On his first time
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