Character Analysis Of Alan Strang's 'Blind To Reality'

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Blind to Reality Alan Strang. As soon as I heard his last name, I instantly thought of two words: strange and strangle. These two words hinted a lot about the main character and his journey. First off, the obvious. Yes, Alan was a pretty strange character; his disheveled outward appearance coupled with odd mannerisms like chanting gibberish made this vividly clear early on. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, he also worships horses. His struggle also figuratively and literally strangled him, driving the seventeen year old to blind six horses with a hoof pick. But why? Why would Alan blind six horses? The significance of seeing, vision, and eyes were established in the performance early on. But did you see it? We know why Alan did it. He had to …show more content…
Early on, his parents seemed to be a little “out there” when the father deemed television as a “fatal drug” and the mother, almost unhealthily, obsessed over the bible. The two spent the entirety of the play running from reality and the truth, because they couldn’t face it or accept it. While neither had a strong overall relationship with Alan, especially after the blinding incident, they seemed more worried about finding a way to prove their innocence, than care for their son. Initially, the mother claimed that the whole incident came as a huge surprise. “Alan loves animals, especially horses,” “We’ve always been a horsey family,” she would say, instead of addressing the actual issues at hand. Later on, we found out more about Alan’s story. Both parents on separate occasions came to the psychiatrist, Dr. Dysart, admitting additional details that they thought influenced Alan to commit this crime. This was due to their lack of awareness and rejection of reality and what was actually happening in their child’s life. The mother found it easier to believe that all was well in her life and relationships with her husband and son instead of mending some of the glaring relationship issues. But, it’s not all on …show more content…
The two can’t to agree on anything and end up blaming each other in result regarding their son’s issues. The mother explained how her husband was overprotective and uptight when he declared horses as dangerous animals, while he blamed all of Alan’s issues on the very religious influence the mother had on him. All of the finger pointing blinded them from the problem at hand, Alan. Not only did their relationship tear them apart from each other, they completely lost sight of their son. The mother unwaveringly denied the option so see Alan multiple times when prompted by Dysart in the mental hospital. Why? It was too hard for her to accept and see the truth. When she finally decided to try, it ended with her slapping Alan across the face followed by her almost pleading her case of innocence to Dysart, so she could try to see and believe a different sort of reality for her own sake. “He was my little Alan, then the devil came,” she uttered, seeming to give up on her son. It’s not a coincidence that we don’t see them after Alan is treated. They didn’t want to see anything at

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