Plays By Peter Shaffer: Equus Books LLC

ISBN: 9781156192214

Published: 2010


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Plays By Peter Shaffer: Equus by Books LLC
2010 | | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | | ISBN: 9781156192214 | 9.66 Mb

This is nonfiction commentary. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Amadeus, Equus, Lettice and Lovage, Black Comedy, the Royal Hunt ofMoreThis is nonfiction commentary. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Amadeus, Equus, Lettice and Lovage, Black Comedy, the Royal Hunt of the Sun, Five Finger Exercise.

Source: Wikipedia. Free updates online. Not illustrated. Excerpt: Equus is a play by Peter Shaffer written in 1973, telling the story of a psychiatrist who attempts to treat a young man who has a pathological religious/sexual fascination with horses. Shaffer was inspired to write Equus when he heard of a crime involving a 17-year-old who blinded six horses in a small town near London. He set out to construct a fictional account of what might have caused the incident, without knowing any of the details of the crime.

The plays action is something of a detective story, involving the attempts of the child psychiatrist, Dr. Martin Dysart, to understand the cause of the boys actions while wrestling with his own sense of purpose. However, numerous other issues inform the narrative. Most important are religious and ritual sacrifice themes, and the manner in which character Alan Strang constructs a personal theology involving the horses and the supreme godhead, Equus.

Alan sees the horses as representative of God and confuses his adoration of his God with sexual attraction. Also important is Shaffers examination of the conflict between personal values and satisfaction and societal mores, expectations and institutions.

In reference to the plays classical structure, themes and characterization, Shaffer has discussed the conflict between Appolonian and Dionysian values and systems in human life. Martin Dysart is a psychiatrist in a psychiatric hospital.

He begins with a monologue in which he outlines Alan Strangs case. He also divulges his feeling that his occupation is not all that he wishes it to be and his feelings of dissatisfaction and disappointment...More: http: //booksllc.net/?id=16349



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