Equus (Penguin Plays)
In "Equus," which took critics and public alike by storm and has gone on to become a modern classic, Peter Shaffer depicts the story of a deranged youth who blinds six horses with a spike. Through a psychiatrist's analysis of the events, Shaffer creates a chilling portrait of how materialism and... show more
In "Equus," which took critics and public alike by storm and has gone on to become a modern classic, Peter Shaffer depicts the story of a deranged youth who blinds six horses with a spike. Through a psychiatrist's analysis of the events, Shaffer creates a chilling portrait of how materialism and convenience have killed our capacity for worship and passion and, consequently, our capacity for pain. Rarely has a playwrite created an atmosphere and situation that so harshly pinpoint the spiritual and mental decay of modern man.
Publish date: October 2nd 1984
Pages no: 112
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, 20th Century
, High School
I first saw this in the movie version, which featured Richard Burton chewing through the role of the psychiatrist, about 10 or 12 years ago. I must say that after reading a version wherein the original staging is described, I can't help but feel the filmmakers made a major mistake trying to make the...
There now? Have I gotten your attention? Because half-naked - or even 100% naked - Daniel Radcliffe is not a reason to read Equus. The mythology, the fantastic mythology, cobbled together from sexual need, region, and the lust for the forbidden is. Because the main character in this stor...
Review: Alan Strang is a seventeen year old who has blinded six horses with a metal spike. After the magistrate pulled a few strings, he ends up in a psychiatric hospital, being treated by Doctor Martin Drysart. As well as learning the details about the events leading up to the incident, Drysart wi...
In the latter half of the 20th century, talk therapy was viewed as a kind of treatment for mental illness. Despite the fact that it isn't at all effective in treating psychosis, and is rarely effective in lessening symptoms of other mental illnesses, writers seized upon the idea of that dramatic br...