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  • Equus By Peter Shaffer : A Critical Analysis

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    Equus by Peter Shaffer: A Critical Analysis Equus was written by Peter Shaffer in the 1970s, a time for great change in both culture and the field of psychiatry. In his play, Shaffer explores the conflict between social responsibility and individual desire, and the difficulty of finding a balance between the two. The playwright contrasts the characters Martin Dysart, an unsatisfied child psychiatrist, and Alan Strang, his seventeen year old patient, to explore the two extremes of the spectrum of

  • Analysis Of Equus By Peter Shaffer

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    You’re mine! I am yours and you are mine… I see you. Always! Everywhere! Forever!” (Shaffer, pg. 105). Equus is his God, therefore when Alan is about to commit a sin he knows Equus will be disappointed and jealous. He was conscious of this, so in order to prevent the disappointment from happening, he blinded the horses so they would not watch him any longer. Alan being conscious of the consequences

  • A Comparison Peter Shaffer's Equus and Albert Camus's The Stranger

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    insignificance presented is accidental. Both Peter Shaffer’s Equus and Albert Camus’ The Stranger approach different ways in presenting the truths of Alan Strang and Meursault to the audience/jury, but one thing remains clear; intentional or unintentional manipulation of these characters leads to the eternal distrust of the reliability of their presenters, Martin Dysart and the members of the law. Through Dysart’s self-diagnosis given throughout Equus, Shaffer directly conflicts with

  • Substituting Pain for Passion in Peter Shaffer’s Equus Essay

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    Equus is as complex as the human mind. Exploring psychological questions such as what does it mean to be normal, and should individuality be sacrificed for the sake of normality? Whilst propelling a mystery, crime story, and a psychological thriller, Peter Shaffer’s Equus examines the minds of a young stable boy who has blinded several horses and the aging psychiatrist asked to “cure” him. But would a “cure” really normalize the teenager? A seventeen year old boy, Alan is brought to a psychiatric

  • How Does Peter Shaffer Use Themes as Devices in Equus to Validate the Unpleasant.

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    the beginning of ‘Equus’ one considers the character of Martin Dysart to be normal as he rarely strays outside of societies boundaries. However, as we move through the play one discovers there is much more to Martin Dysart than once thought. In reality the themes dealt with in ‘Equus’ challenges our own sense of what is normal. They are as equally as shocking to Dysart, yet made justifiable by Alan Strang’s worship for Equus, the god of horses. This is why ‘Peter Shaffer’ uses ‘Equus’ as a sort of device

  • Life Of Pi By Yann Martel

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    Milo Gosnell 4-17-16 Independent Book Theme Essay Life of Pi Yann Martel Life of Pi is an incredible survival story written by Yann Martel. It follows a young protagonist named Piscine Patel, Pi, and his journey of hope and courage. His strength is grounded in his faith and religion, as well as his admiration for the startling world of science, and teaches that both science and religion can offer a unique perspective on the world around us. Pi has the simple yet extraordinary notion that even scientists

  • Sanity Like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest to novels that dealt with much darker issues such as schizophrenia in Flora Schreiber’s Sybil. One of the most controversial and talked about productions of the 20th century is Peter Shaffer’s 1974 Tony winning play, Equus, which recounts Dr. Martin Dysart’s encounter and treatment of a seventeen year old boy, Alan Strang, who blinded six horses with an icepick. The play focuses on therapy sessions between Dysart and Alan in which Dysart struggles arduously to bring

  • The Adaptation Of Donkey By Jean Baptiste Lamarck And Alfred Russel Wallace

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    Adaptation of Donkey Introduction Scientists such as Charles Darwin, Jean-Baptiste Lamarck and Alfred Russel Wallace among others who studied evolution have suggested that all organisms evolved from simpler forms to the more complex forms that exist today. They base their evidence on environmental and climatic changes. Charles Darwin claims that as the environment and climate change, so do the organisms in the affected region (Jackson & Groves, 2015). The main idea of evolution is so that the animals

  • Equus Play Analysis

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    With a small cast, minimalistic stage and barely any lighting Equus shows that with a masterful script a play can be produced and performed extremely well and is very influential compared to other famous plays such as the great Shakespearian theatrical works. the play revolves around a young man named Alan Strang whos life and beliefs become amalgamated into a religion of his own in which his god is a horse spirit named Equus, Alan Strang, a casual employee at an appliance store and at Harry Dalton’s

  • Idolatry In Alan's Equus: Summary

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    The concept explored in Equus with Alan crippling his god took regular idolatry further than most instances. I often associate idolatry with Timothy Keller’s definition of idolatry: “An idol is something that we look to for things that only God can give.” In Equus, Alan’s boyhood experience of Christ’s picture being replaced with the horse altered his psychological state and view of God. Alan’s altered mental state led him to try to replace Christ with Equus. However, rage consumed him when his secular

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