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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However the play only suggests his sexual orientation in a flashback to his childhood encounter with the horse and its rider, who are cast in specifically sexual terms.

InterviewsUniversity Press of Mississippi,p. Alan was instantly interested when he discovered that Jill has such close contact with horses after she tells him that she works for a local stable owner.

He also divulges his feeling that his occupation is not all that he wishes it to be and his feelings of dissatisfaction and disappointment about his barren life. Actors portray six horses, who act as a very Greek chorus and as objects of the boy’s delus Shaffer’s great play of psychological suspense. Not bad for one night’s work! In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The play is getting a lot of press right now with a new production, so I wondered what it would be like. Essentially I cannot know what I do–yet I do essential things.

Wow, so much to think about.

It’s all there in everyday life. Comparing the film to the play, English Professor James M. Sign Equux Sign Up. Guide written by Becca Ballenger. Later when a girl at the stable becomes attracted to him, she offers herself to him. During the decades of the grand rhetorical dramas, some friends of Shaffer tried to coax this lighter side out of hiding.

Millennium Approaches Angels in America: Eventually the other priests, aware of his misgivings, grab the knife from his hand before he awakens from the dream.


Actually reading the play and finding out exactly what it’s about, cleared away my initial thought that this book is all about sex and horses. But after Alan falls asleep, Dysart voices his doubts about the effect and purpose of his profession.

The final scene has vy monologue by Dysart questioning the fundamentals of his practice and whether or not what he does will actually help Alan, as the effect of his treatment will make him “normal” at the cost of his humanity. You just have to be aware of it. The description of Alan’s religion and imitating Christian creed is fascinating. To ask other readers questions about Equusplease sign up.

Want to see your job listed here? Dysart meets with Dalton, who tells him that he first held Alan to be a model worker, shaffer he kept the stables immaculately clean and grooms the horses, including one named Nugget.

It’s about the construction of God and meaning in the modern waste land; and perhaps even more compellingly, about the moral dilemma of a therapist who has to convince his patient to abandon all escape routes and return to the waste land. Alan, however, cannot consummate the act because his mind is consumed by thoughts of Equus. There was a problem with your submission. Preview — Equus by Peter Shaffer. Dutton in the role of Dysart. Martin Dysart is a psychiatrist in a mental hospital.

The task of discovering why falls to a middle aged psychiatrist who is dealing with his own midlife issues. But then I just sat there with it. I seemed to get the metaphors fairly fast and the intention of the writing was brilliant and forthright.

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All Symbols Horses Hoof-pick. Equus turned out so much deeper than expected. Also important is Shaffer’s examination of the conflict between sjaffer values and satisfaction and societal mores, expectations, and institutions.


Broadway World called the production ‘dark, daunting and sensual’ and commending its ‘stellar cast’. It’s a Samuel French edition, but from London; the size is all wrong and the paper is all funny.

Peter Shaffer wanted to make elaborate theatre – and he succeeded

xhaffer Written init i When I tried to read more short stories last year, I failed miserably as I really dislike the genre. They’re like having in-class notes for every discussion! Radcliffe and Griffiths reprised their roles, and Thea Sharrock returned as director.

Download this Chart PDF. Writing the play in the eyes of Dysart is one the author chose but not one that I agree on, I feel like 3rd person would have been more effective.

National Unified Auditions New York. Please Add Edition of Book. Once there, Jill seduces Alan and the two undress and attempt to have sex. There’s whispers the London production’s coming stateside.

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By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand Terms of Service. The play eequus a well written one with a very memorable story line and in depth characters. A couple Saturdays ago I pulled it down to read. Shaffer starts the play by offering the readers and audiences alike, a character to dislike – even hate.

Gain full access to show guides, character breakdowns, auditions, monologues and more! It is deep and shaffed and by the end, the psychiatrist who is trying to treat the son is questioning what is “Normal”.