Equus, Act 1


This exercise will help you to prepare for class discussion


Please begin to develop your own Freudian and Jungian analysis of Alan Strang, based on Act One.You can think about the following questions:

1.    Why is Alan so fascinated with horses and Equus in particular?What purpose does Equus serve for him?

2.    Why does Alan engage in his strange rituals: his late night bedroom worship-flagellation; his midnight rides in the place of Ha-Ha, and his violent act in the stables?What function do these ritual serve?

3.    How are Alanís personality and his bizarre behaviors related to early experience, particularly his parental relationships.