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Religion is the opium of the people.

Alans father shuns religion entirely, comparing it to a destructive narcotic, which numbs users to the outside world and leaves them dependent on escape.

Feel me on you! On you! On you! On you! I want to be in you! I want to BE you forever and ever! Equus, I love you! Now! Bear me away! Make us One Person! [] AMEN. Alans secret worship ritual of his god resembles sexual intercourse, as he chants as he rides the horse naked in a field in the middle of the night. During his ritual of worship he encounters a sense of liberation as he is not seen by people. It is a moment that belongs only to him and his god, which represents true intimacy and is the ultimate expression of love.

There is now, in my mouth, this sharp chain. And it never comes out. This is the final line of the play, delivered by Dr Dysart, in his final realisation of the barrenness of his own life. The chain mentioned here is a metaphor used throughout the play by both Dysart and Alan, and relates to the literal image of the horse with its controlling bridle chain, along with the more complex chaining up of both men by society and people around them.

The horse is the most naked animal! Alan declares this to an unimpressed Dr Dysart. This view of horses is also a parallel to his naked scene within the play, perhaps as he hopes to become like them, even though he feels naked in their presence.