Equus, Act 2
This exercise is meant to help you prepare for class discussion.
What is the nature of Dysart’s suffering and how does his treatment of Alan bring this suffering to a crisis point? Does he change by the end of the play. Develop your thoughts from Jung’s perspective.
Additional questions to consider for discussion and your papers:
pp.75-76 What does Dysart mean in saying that it is as though the horse is saying “”first account for me”?
pp. 77-78 What is Mrs. Strang’s position on the causes of Alan’s disturbance? Does she portray Dysart’s assessment accurately?
pp.80-83 What does Dysart mean by “taking away someone’s worship”? How does this apply to Alan?
pp.92-98 What did the incident in the cinema mean to Alan? What significance did it have in the events that ensued?
pp.104-106 What is the significance of the horses’ eyes to Alan?