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Equus is as complex as the human mind Exploring psychological questions such as what does it mean to be normal and should individuality be sacrificed for the sake of normality Whilst propelling a mystery crime story and a psychological thriller Peter Shaffers Equus examines the minds of a young stable boy who has blinded several horses and the aging psychiatrist asked to cure him But would a cure really normalize the teenager A seventeen year old boy Alan is brought to a psychiatric hospital because he has blinded six horses with a hoof pick Dysart a psychiatrist works to normalize the boy feeling that as he makes the boy safe for society he is taking away his worship and sexual vitality both of which are missing in the doctors own personal life Dysart actually envies Alan and the sexual worship he has experienced In spite of his own hang-ups the doctor does help the boy work through his obsession in which he identifies the horse Equus with God Shaffer is expressing to his audience that taking away the atypical aspects of this boy would take away part of the person he is part of the character he has developed and most important the God he worships When Equus leaves - if he lives at all - it will be with your intestines in his teethIll give him the good normal worldand give him normal places for his ecstasy Passion you see can be destroyed by a doctor it cannot be created Pages 92 93 Alans love for horses develops into devotion a religious passion for the horses as all-powerful Gods As Dysart envies Alans passion for horses a type of passion that he knows he will never feel he questions his livelihood as a healer He is healing nothing by removing the boys worship and faith Is it right or worthwhile to try to normalize
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