Equus - Ilihia Herrod Section 11 Jack Dunbar Equus The equine eye is the largest of all land mammals Their eyes transmit electromagnetic radiation and

Equus - Ilihia Herrod Section 11 Jack Dunbar Equus The...

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Ilihia Herrod Section 11 Jack Dunbar Equus The equine eye is the largest of all land mammals. Their eyes transmit electromagnetic radiation and it feels like something is pulling the body closer, like an energy field. When a person joins with the horse, there’s an increase in energy and intensity. This feeling is why people say, “It is through the horse’s eye that we can sense its soul.” Alan Strang, a confused teenage boy, had experienced that exact feeling in Peter Shaffer’s play, Equus . The play tells of a religious fascination in such a psychological provoking manner. It’s tale of doubt, confusion, religion, influences, sexual desires, and social guidelines. The play starts of Dysart, a psychiatrist known to treat many children, reflecting back on a struggling case of a boy who blinded six horses. It was a case that made him feel reined up and not able to understand what was in front of him. He thought of the horses, their feelings, minds, and started to doubt himself. If he couldn’t understand a horse’s mind, how does he work with complicated minds of children? The play showed a lot of flash backs and side acting to portray Alan’s past and why he is the way he is. Equus starts off slow, trying to build intensity and a relationship between Alan and Dysart. The obvious is that Alan grew up in a contradicting home environment. His mom was very religious and his dad was not. They didn’t talk much about sex, puberty, religion, etc. There’s was lots of tension at the Strang’s household. Sometimes Alan
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