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Equus Essay. In the play Equus by Peter Shaffer, Shaffer uses this passage to convey that Dysart is beginning to lose confidence in his profession of psychiatry

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Essay Question 1: How does this passage show us the beginning of Dysart questioning himself and beginning to understand Alan? In the play 'Equus' by Peter Shaffer, Shaffer uses this passage to convey that Dysart is beginning to lose confidence in his profession of psychiatry and begins understand Alan's love for his god Equus through the use of various language devices such as tone, dialogue and repetition. This extract is the opening of scene eighteen just after Alan questions Dysart's relationship with his wife. The playwright presents the audience with a situation where Dysart is confessing to Hesther about his marriage and explains to her why he "didn't go in for them" (kids). ...read more.


and him as "Doctor and Doctor Mac Brisk" implying the "briskness" of their marriage. The audience is able to infer that Dysart is losing confidence in his profession and Alan an edge over him. Later on in the scene Dysart reveals his dreams about Greece and wanting to be like Alan to have this intense devotion for something, but he just simply is unable to which creates a tragic element to this passage. In a way he is envious of Alan, being able to be enriched by this religious ecstasy, he too wishes he could create a religion of his own and worship it but is simply unable to, he is "utterly worshipless". ...read more.


This demonstrates Dysart's doubt in his profession as he does not know whether it is right to cure Alan to make him what society deems normal because "passion can be destroyed by a doctor. It cannot be created". What Alan has is unique proposing at emptiness to his life. He feels dejected that his obsession with ancient mythology seem insignificant when compared to Alan's intense devotion making him doubt the value of his own work. This passage powerfully illustrates the beginning of Dysart grasping Alan's current situation as an effect of Dysart's disinclined outlook on demolishing Alan's religious passion. While also effectively revealing the his lack of confidence since he is made to analyse his own life rather than Alan's ...read more.

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