The Theme Of Religion In Akhenaten: Dweller In Truth

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In the novel Akhenaten: Dweller in Truth, the main character, Akhenaten, is strongly connected to religion and the main theme of the novel is religion. In the play, Equus, the main character, Alan, is also very connected to his religion. Alan and Akhenaten both let their religious views play such huge roles in their lives, which ultimately leads to their downfalls. While on the surface, the religion of both Akhenaten and Alan have stark contrasts, once digging deeper similarities begin to appear. The religions of the two characters aren’t similar in practice, but in the formulation of the religions, the two characters both project their issues into the foundation of the religion. Both characters feel powerless in their lives, and in order to fill that void, they turn to their religions to help them feel powerful. Akhenaten feels powerless because his physical appearance is weak and feminine. Alan feels powerless because he doesn’t have a clear direction in life and feels lost. The two use their religions to make them feel powerful by giving them a clear purpose in life. In Equus, it’s essential to understand why Alan has developed the religious views that he has because it reveals his deep-rooted issues. Alan worships Equus because it makes him feel special. The first time he ever saw a horse, he was fascinated with it. The owner of the horse let him get on the horse and ride it, but then Alan’s parents came out to see him on the horse and they were furious. Alan’s
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