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Coursework on 'EQUUS' by Peter ShafferScene 33 Choose a section of the play (about 3-4 pages) from the sequence of scenes studied.Make sure you choose a section in which you feel has a strong impact

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English Literature GCSE Coursework on 'EQUUS' by Peter Shaffer Scene 33 Choose a section of the play (about 3-4 pages) from the sequence of scenes studied. Make sure you choose a section in which you feel has a strong impact and which you feel is important for understanding the whole play. WRITE AN ESSAY IN WHICH YOU DO THE FOLLOWING: 1) Explain briefly and clearly what ideas and issues you thinks the play is mainly about; 2) Describe what happens in your chosen section and explain what it shows us; 3) Show how Shaffer uses sound, light, set, action and language to put the drama across; 4) Explain why this section is important in understanding what the whole play is about. 'Equus' is a deeply moving play, which explores different issues and ideas. 'Equus' can be thought of by some people, of simply being about a deranged teenager that blinds six horses with a sharp object, and is sent to a psychiatrist, which is in fact true about the play. But the issues and ideas that the play concentrates on are deeper than that. Sending the boy to the psychiatrist shows us how the interest and yearning for other things along with convenience have killed our capacity for worship, passion and consequently our capacity for pain. 'Equus' also focuses upon the idea of 'normality' in humans. What is 'normal'? Is it good for all humans to be 'normal'? In this scene there are several characters to know about, Alan, the teenage boy, guilty of blinding the six horses, and has two passions. He is the patient of the psychiatrist. Dysart is the psychiatrist. The man who gets the truth out of Alan as to why he committed such an awful act of cruelty, and also shows us something else to do with one of the ideas of the play (normality, and if it's good for people to be). ...read more.


Jill rises from the bench and asks Alan, "What is wrong?" Alan answers, "Nothing!" [She moves towards him. He turns and moves past her. He is clearly distressed. She contemplates him for a moment.] Jill then gently tells Alan to take his sweater off. Alan questions Jill's comment and asks, "What?" Jill answers, "I will, if you will." Jill is desperately trying to persuade Alan to relax and to take his clothes off, but Alan is becoming more and more uneasy and concerned. For Alan it seems Equus is watching him all the time and when ever he expresses his passion towards Jill, it's as if Equus knows and is warning and telling Alan that, when the sounds of horses stamping and trampling can be heard near by. A long stage direction now moves the play on. Alan stares at Jill. There's a pause. She lifts her sweater over her head he watches her and he then unzips his. They both begin to strip, taking every item of clothing off their bodies. They are now naked and are looking at each other diagonally across the square. At this point the light is beginning to increase gradually. With the light increasing, there is also tension increasing too, with the audience thinking Alan and Jill are going to make love, but how will Equus react to it? The pause of the two staring at each other is broken by Alan saying, "You're... You're very..." Jill interrupts his nervous comment, "So are you...[Pause.] Come here." [He goes to her. She comes to him. They meet in the middle, and hold each other, and embrace.] Alan turns to Dysart, tells of how she put her mouth in his and how lovely it was too. The passion for Alan towards Jill is becoming increasingly evident, but the fury of Equus is also increasing. There is yet another lengthy stage direction in which Alan and Jill burst into giggles. ...read more.


You know that. You know I won't...." [Pause. He stands there, still with his back to her] "Good night, then, Alan... I wish - I really wish -" Jill says that final line in disgruntlement. We do feel sorry for Jill since she cares for and loves Alan so dearly, but Alan throws it back in her face. We as the audience wish that she knew the reason why he didn't appreciate the love and attention. There is a final stage direction which tells of how Alan turns on her, hissing. His face is distorted and possessed. Alan appears evil and mad. This makes us think has Equus taken over Alan? Jill turns in horrified panic leaving the barn, shutting the door behind her, disappearing up the tunnel and striding past the figure of Nugget. Scene thirty three is one of the last scenes of the play. It continues the story of what happened on the night that Alan blinded the six horses. It is also important for another reason. Alan has two passions, the love for Jill and the love Equus. In this scene the two passions/loves clash and we see what effect it has on Alan and how both Alan and Equus reacted to it. This scene for both Dysart and the audience you could say is the final part of the jigsaw. It is when we find out the reason for why Alan committed that terrible act of cruelty upon the six horses and what really happened too. A degree of sympathy is felt from the audience towards Alan since now we know why he did it. There is also sympathy felt for Jill too since she doesn't know why Alan is acting the way he is, but is still loving and caring towards him. This scene makes the audience wish that she knew the reason of Alan's but it never happens. Throughout scene thirty three there is a build up of tension. It continues to flow on through to the next scene and there it breaks too. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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