This passage personifies the end of the play It states that Dysart will

This passage personifies the end of the play it

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never touch hide again! This passage personifies the end of the play. It states that Dysart will alleviate Alan’s pain and will work with him to banish Equus; no final statement is actually made. Dysart even with this passage manages to focus on himself. The play started and ends with Dysart. Dysart both doubted and questioned his own career and life’s purpose more so here. 7. Function of Horses – Horses are a main usage of symbolism in this play. Horses are personified as gods. Alan’s horses speak to him. They are portrayed to have human-like emotions (grief/jealousy). Alan states he is truly alive one hour every three weeks when he rides Nugget. When Alan rides Nugget, he describes their connection as sharing one body. Prior to blinding the horses, Alan compares the eyes of the horses to flames and states they see everything he does. The eyes of god see all. He attempted to blind the horses so they would not ‘see’, but this did not succeed. Even Dysart makes a comparison between himself and a horse. He states wearing the horse’s head has the same uncertainty as moving forward with blinders, staring straight ahead but not seeing what is around him. 8. Significant Images Equus – Represents God and Christ. Eyes – Alan chose to blind the horses by stabbing their eyes. Alan spends much time staring into the horse’s eyes. Jill commented she prefers boys’ eyes over any other body part. Alan is destroyed when Equus claims he will always ‘see’ Alan no matter what he does. Picture (on Alan’s bedroom wall) – The picture of the white horse replaced the religious picture that was torn off the wall by Alan’s father (the same exact location). Alan worships in front of this picture, the same way one would pray in front an altar. The horses bit – Represent the quest of freedom. Alan has sworn to free the horses from their ‘chains’. He does this at night when he removes the chains and rides Nugget. This is sexually freeing to Alan. The stable - In Alan’s mind this stable is a place of worship. This is the home of Nugget. This location became a catalyst when he attempted to sleep (sex) with Jill inside of it.
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  • Summer '17
  • Dysart, Alan Strang

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