Equus [Peter Shaffer] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. An explosive play that took critics and audiences by storm, Equus is Peter Shaffer’s. Get all the key plot points of Peter Shaffer’s Equus on one page. From the creators of SparkNotes. This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of Equus by Peter Shaffer. Equus is a play by English playwright Peter Shaffer. Focusing .
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The plot is a well thought out one and the way horses are portrayed could change the way you see them if you are someone with a weaker mind.
Archived from the original on 27 April She convinces Alan to come to the stables with her. I have talked away terrors and relieved many agonies. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He begins with a shafferr in which he outlines the case of year-old Alan Strang, who blinded six horses. Now, in revising my ENG class and realizing that I can assign any play I want, it seemed obvious to revisit my favorite.
In his efforts to coax Alan out of his shell and treat him, Dr. If someone has seen but not read Hamletis that a complete experience?
Dysart discovers a fervent, passionate, almost religious power that has both the power to destroy Alan, and perhaps, to save the doctor himself. Got a A- for it – or whatever the marking was back then. This play has sat on my shelf for eight years after getting it for a dollar at a theater flea market.
He then set out to construct a fictional account of what might have caused the incident, without knowing any of the details of the crime. The play is a well written one with a very memorable story line and in depth characters.
I think the person who said this to me perhaps forgot what life was like as an adolescent and doesn’t do good with the sadness that comes with nostalgia. Laing, which championed the creative beauty within equuus while fixing blame on the repressiveness of the conventional family. Retrieved December 31, Revealing a tryst with Jill, he begins to re-enact the event. Anyway, I finally decided to read the copy that the students buy and update page numbers in xhaffer and stuff.
If so, I I don’t care if it took Harry Potter to disrobe for people to finally see this masterwork. I like thinking that the gy was inspired by rumored true events, because I feel inspired by those kinds of too-true stories as well, and know they’re hard to implement.
Detailed explanations, analysis, and citation info for every important quote on LitCharts. The first and second published editions of Amadeus have almost completely different second acts. Dysart comforts the hysterical and convulsing Alan, assuring the patient that he will be eventually cured of his mental illness.
By then, some critics were complaining that Shaffer had effectively dramatised the conflicts of God v Man and Apollo v Dionysus in three different settings. Equus was also presented in Baltimore in by the Lovegrove Alley Theatre.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The description of Alan’s religion and imitating Christian creed is fascinating. From what I remember, I absorbed this material effortlessly, as you always do with great writing.
Alan, however, cannot consummate the act because his mind is consumed by thoughts of Equus. Martin Dysart is a psychiatrist in a mental hospital.
Archived from the original on 11 January Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play. I wonder less when I read something like Equuswhich I felt was inventive and captured genuine speech patters, more though when I read something that sounds dreadfully melodramatic on paper, like much of Tennessee Williams does to me. It doesn’t equud them bad plays, but you wish there was something else.
In the three major plays, there is always at least one moment when the main character is given a page-long soliloquy. The production was largely funded by donations on Kickstarter and was well received by critics and shaaffer alike. There’s also very good use of a chorus device, which is a favorite, and I believe that would have great impact on stage too.