Passion in Peter Shaffer's Equus Essay

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In Peter Shaffer's Equus, A psychiatrist, Martin Dysart, is conducting an investigation on Alan Strang. He is learning, through his investigation of Alan's horrific crime, about what it really means to make someone "normal" and what a psychiatrist really does. It is the job of Dysart to find the motive of Alan's actions, but he is not prepared for what he learns. After meeting Alan, Dysart has a dream. This dream is of a ritual sacrifice in Greece. Dysart's passion lies in Greece. He has always wanted to believe in something greater than himself. He wants to be connected to a greater power and meaning. As he tells Hester on page 82, "The finicky, critical husband looking through is art books on mythical Greece. What worship has…show more content…
This was where Alan could be one with his God, Equus. As Dysart was learning more and more about Alan's religion he began to question his own life, faith and profession. He had settled for a dull life and was only lusting after passion and here a boy had mastered it. He says to Hester on page 82, "But that boy has known a passion more fierce that I have even felt in any second on my like. And let me tell you something: I envy it." He has seen that true passion is obtainable and is jealous that he won't even have that kind of passion. He knows that he has to bring him back to normal and take away everything that Alan has created. This brings him back to the dream, ripping out what is unique about Alan and he can make him normal now. He has discovered something very important about normalcy, it lakes passion. "Passion, you see. Can be destroyed by a doctor. It cannot be created." (Pg. 107) While Dysart can destroy Alan's passion it is impossible for him to create his own. Dysart knows that a normal life is a terrible life, he himself is living it. He is finding no satisfaction in Psychiatry and he tries to warn Alan about what his life will be. "When Equus leaves - if he leaves at all - it will be with your intestines in his teeth. And I don't stock replacements. If you knew anything, you'd get up this minute and run from
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