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In the play Equus worship and passion are seen in many contrasting lights. In the example of Alan, the boy

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Equus Essay How are worship and passion related? Do they depend on each other? Is one a substitute for the other? In the play Equus worship and passion are seen in many contrasting lights. In the example of Alan, the boy in the centre of the play, worship and passion are the same thing. What he is devoted to inspires excitement in him, in this case the God Equus. With his parents, it is the same, but in different ways of worship. Alan's mother is a devout Catholic, and also has worship with a passion, but she is so devoted to this single cause she is unable to experience passion for anything else. With Alan's father, he is not a religious man and has nothing to idolize, and this creates a lot of passion inside of him with no way for it to escape. Finally, in the case of Dysart, Alan's psychiatrist, he has lost the way to reach his passion and has become distanced from his wife. He envies the way that Alan can worship a being openly and feels it would be better to leave this boy with his pain but intensity rather than 'cure' him and leave him alone with no enthusiasm for life. ...read more.

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"DYSART: Your wife is religious? FRANK: Some might say excessively so." Because of the fact she invests all of her attentions to the bible and Christ, she has none left to share with her loved ones. The only way she can really relate to her son is by reading the bible to him late at night. Even when her son is taken away, she places the blame in the one area she knows most about, her religion. She knows that in many ways she and her husband have turned him into what he has become, but she places the blame on the devil; the devil that is the source of all evil to her. "DORA: You've got your words and I've got mine. You call it a complex, I suppose. But if you knew God, Doctor, you would know about the Devil. You'd know the Devil isn't what mummy says and daddy says. The Devil's there. It's an old-fashioned word, but a true thing...I'll go. What I did in there was inexcusable. I only know he was my little Alan and then the Devil came." Alan enjoys this time they spend together, but feels repressed by his mother's fanaticism. ...read more.

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This leads him to think is he really helping his patients by curing them, making them 'normal' and socially acceptable; or is he depriving them of the full, ardent lives they might have led. "DYSART: I'll heal the rash on his body. I'll erase the welts cut into his mind by flying manes. When that's done, I'll send him on a nice mini-scooter and send him puttering off into the Normal world where animals are treated properly: made extinct or put into servitude or tethered all their lives in dim light, just to feed it! I'll give him the good Normal world where we're tethered beside them - blinking our nights away in a non-stop drench of cathode ray over our shriveling heads." Dysart feels that a life without passion and worship is worthless. By the end of the play he is now that is haunted by Equus, and feels the need pay homage to it. To summarise, in the play Equus passion and worship are linked. One cannot fully be expressed without the other. When a character is deprived of either, they feel empty and need to search for it through other methods. Worship and religion are also the main ways that passion is expressed throughout the play and rely on each other to exist. ...read more.

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