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Alexandra Duffell Lisa Brenner Theatre 15 May 12, 2008 Equus The play takes place in Hampshire, England where a psychiatrist, Martin Dysart takes on a new patient. This patient is a 17 year old boy named Alan Strang, we eventually find out he is in therapy because he had proceeded to blind six horses from a close by stable. Throughout the play we go deeper into the struggles of both Alan and Dysart. Alan struggles with a sexual connection to horses, he believes in a horse named Equus who is the superior God of all horses and “Alan: they have him in chains. Dysart: Like Jesus? Alan: Yes” (63). We meet Alan’s parents, the timid father and the over religious mother. The intensity the mother has for her religion effects Alan and plays a big role in his higher view of horses. Alan claims that it was a biblical story his mother told him as a child that made him become mesmerized by horses. Throughout the play we see how the intensity of Alan’s feelings for horses increase, like those towards a type of God. Through Alan’s session Dysart begins to question the necessity of normality along with certain
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This note was uploaded on 08/02/2008 for the course THEA 15 taught by Professor Brenner during the Spring '08 term at Drew.

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