• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Play Writes section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Play Writes essays

  1. In the play Equus worship and passion are seen in many contrasting lights. In ...

    DYSART: Yes. A horse looking over a gate wasn't it? DORA: That's right. Well actually, it took the place of another kind of picture altogether. DYSART: What kind? DORA: It was a reproduction of Our Lord on his way to Calvary."

  2. How does the opening of Alan Bennetts The History Boys introduce the audience to ...

    that he should be trusted to teach whatever he feel appropriate for his students. This also links to Hector being the protagonist of the play, and Irwin the antagonist, as he is the catalyst for Hector's demise.

  1. Equus Essay. Although it is obvious that Shaffer intended both Frank and Dora to ...

    Dora's guilt wouldn't be as despicable if she were truly worried about her son, instead, she chooses to resent him and worry about her own self-image, and the fact that this is totally out of character for her lends itself to the enormity and heinousness of Alan's crime.

  2. Equus Performance Commentary. On paper, Peter Shaffers Equus is extraordinarily vivid piece of ...

    This allows the "square of wood set on a circle of wood" to be rotated, to mimic the various settings as needed: Alan's house, the stable, Dysart's office, and the field where Alan performs ecstatic and ritualistic worship. Shaffer describes the rail that surrounds the wooden square as "[resembling] a railed boxing ring".

  1. Explore the ways R.C. Sherriff presents the attitudes of key characters in 'Journey's ...

    whilst highly talented, educated men like Tom were as qualified, if not more qualified, to be made officers, but were signed up as infantry because of their working class background. May realizes in Act One, Scene Two that Tom has been a victim of his environment - had Tom grown

  2. Do you agree that Yeats creates a scene of tragic intensity in Purgatory, or ...

    Man retells his painful and distressing story in the form of a monologue that is interrupted by the Boy. The Boy is ignored and this increases the drama and emphasizes the communication difficulties between the characters. Although Yeats characterises the Old Man and Boy to an extent, the lack of

  1. Scene by scene analysis of "Equus"

    So he does everything in order not to show his real personality. As he recognizes that Dysart is interested in him, he seems to be surprised. That shows that he isn?t used to stand in the focus. I think Alan is very surprised because Dysart is that nice to him.

  2. Through the selection of three characters in 'Journey's End' examine how Sherriff presents human ...

    class, and well-educated, and still suffer in the same way as a man who appears physically and mentally weak. Sherriff seems to be directly targeting the audience, many of whom would no doubt have fitted, at least partially, what Stanhope represents here.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work