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Equus

Initially, Dysart is professionally dedicated to making Alan "normal," so Alan can take his place within society. Yet, over the course of the play, he undergoes a subtle change in his personality...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2018 3:14 pm UTC

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Metatheatre or metadrama refers to theatre or drama that calls attention to its status as drama, and that often contains self-referential imagery or other material that reminds the audience that...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2016 1:23 am UTC

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Peter Shaffer is not actually trying to make a point about the power of horses and their influence on humans, but rather of the power of human emotions and their influences. The play is ultimately...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2014 3:34 am UTC

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Equus is a 1973 play by Peter Shaffer about a young stableboy who is driven to madness by his emotional pain, insecurity, and his inability to face his past in a rational manner. Alan Strang is a...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2011 10:54 am UTC

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This is a play that above all puts into confusion the supposedly secure and discrete boundaries between the two separate states of sanity and insanity. This is perhaps part of this play's enduring...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2012 7:20 pm UTC

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One of the many aspects that you could refer to in answering this question would be the way in which Shaffer organises time in his play in a rather novel and unique way, which allows him to focus...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2012 2:11 pm UTC

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One of the prominent linguistic devices that Shaffer uses in Equus is the horses' chorus. Alluding to the role of the chorus in ancient Greek theatre, the horses' chorus in Equus is used to...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2010 1:36 am UTC

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In his Drama for Students, Christopher G. Busiel describes the theme of Equus as "man’s attempt to reconcile the personal and the metaphysical aspects of his universe." And herein lie the ironies...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2014 6:26 am UTC

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Actually, the ending is somewhat ambiguous on that point. Dysart does decide to treat the boy, but he notes that if he does he will not only alleviate him of his pain but actually prevent him from...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2012 2:37 pm UTC

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You can find the answers right here at eNotes. I've pasted links to the Historical Context and Themes sections below. The Critical Overview (also linked below) notes that Equus is "a new and...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2008 2:27 am UTC

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In Peter Shaffer's Equus, many thematic points of view remain ambiguous--there is not a clear stand on "right or wrong." For example, one of the major themes of the play concerns the issue of...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2010 3:41 am UTC

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One of the principal themes of this incredible play to my mind is that of sanity and insanity and how, through Dysart's sessions with Alan, the play profoundly questions the extent to which such...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2011 7:10 pm UTC

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In Peter Shaffer's Equus, the theme of madness is present as the story explores the undefined line between evil and insanity. The fact is that Alan Strang commits a gruesome act of violence by...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2011 2:38 am UTC

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We need to remember that this play emerged against a backdrop of immense upheaval in history. Firstly, the oil embargo imposed by Arab members of OPEC resulted in a massive inflation crisis that...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2012 1:57 pm UTC

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