When a deranged boy, Alan Strang, blinds six horses with a metal spike he is sentenced to psychiatric treatment. Dr. Dysart is the man given the task of uncovering what happened the night Strang committed his crime, but in doing so will open up his own wounds. For Dysart struggles to define... show more
When a deranged boy, Alan Strang, blinds six horses with a metal spike he is sentenced to psychiatric treatment. Dr. Dysart is the man given the task of uncovering what happened the night Strang committed his crime, but in doing so will open up his own wounds. For Dysart struggles to define sanity, and justify his marriage, his career, and his life of normality; ultimately he must ask himself: is it patient or psychiatrist whose life is being laid bare? The most shocking play of its day, "Equus" uses an act of violence to explore faith, insanity and how the materialism of modern life can destroy humanity's capacity for pain and passion.
Publish date: March 1st 2007
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...
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