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Discuss the significance of jingles in "Equus".

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Good morning everyone, today I will be discussing the usage of jingles in Peter Shaffer?s play, Equus. Alan & Martin?s relationship started with a rough note, where Alan tends to become uncooperative in answering Martin?s questions to him. A possible reason to this is those questions are considered as a private matter for Alan. Questions such as his first encounter towards horses to Alan?s relationship with his parents were confronted by Martin. Hence, to show his uncomfortable feeling of those questions, Alan answers those questions in the form of jingles. It is also possible reason why Alan answers Martin?s questions that way, is due to his mental being. It is proven that schizophrenic patients have the aptness of memorizing precise information that they find interesting. In this case, as a 17 year old schizophrenic, Alan has a wide fascination of various matters, such as his fondness of horses and the word Equus, and nonetheless his attractions towards advertisement songs that he come across while a short period of time watching television. ...read more.


But the anger and disapproval that Alan felt is channelized to Martin. At this point, it can be assumed that by being apart from his parents, Alan feels less restrained from exposing his most inner thoughts in which he is able to tell Martin. The attractiveness of the jingles can symbolize Alan?s longing for attention. It can be a way for him to test Martin, whether he can fulfill Alan?s needs as a good listener. On the other side, Martin got the hard task of obtaining Alan?s point of view of things. However, this is easily dealt by Martin who showed his professionalism by allowing Alan to answer his questions in any way he pleases. Giving Alan the chance to have his freedom of speech, gives Alan a sense of confidence and control over the whole situation. On this account, Martin intentionally did this as a method to get a hold of Alan?s outlook, as Alan has by far pathetic life. He had no academic or social achievements whatsoever, therefore the creation of his own internal world in which he gets his sources from those jingles. ...read more.


Do you dream often? Alan : Do you? Dysart : Look ? Alan, Alan : I?ll answer if you answer. In turns. The outcome of this situation is the development of their relationship, as a platform of trust becomes present and it is able to bring the two characters closer. This relationship enables Martin to know more about Alan, and Alan becomes more comfortable talking and exposing himself to Martin. Peter Shaffer, the writer of the play added these jingles to lighten up the scene. As the play revolves on dark, serious themes that discuss quite disturbing materials to certain people, Shaffer adds a brighter element to the stage that illuminates the play. Another possible reason is the intention to highlight Alan?s character through the jingles. The jingles can be the entrance towards Alan?s world, and his mental being. As a conclusion, Shaffer successfully made a significant impact to the play through the use of jingles. Not only it creates a sense of curiosity towards Alan?s character, it also intrigues the audience to know more about the development of Alan and Martin?s similar, yet different characters. Hence, the jingles made the play meaningful, memorable and entertaining to the entire audience. ...read more.

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