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Equus Summary
Peter Shaffer

Everything you need to understand or teach Equus by Peter Shaffer.

  • Equus Summary & Study Guide
  • 2 Student Essay
  • 6 Literature Criticism
  • ...and more
  • 30 Equus Lessons
  • 20 Activities
  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
  • 20 Essay Questions
  • Pre-Made Tests and Quizzes
  • ...and more

Equus Summary

Plot Summary

“Equus” is a 1974 Tony Award-winning play written by Peter Schaffer and published in 1973. It details the efforts of Dr. Martin Dysart to get to the root of the problems affecting neurotic seventeen year-old Alan Strang, who has blinded six horses with a pick at the stable where he works. Dysart is reluctant to take the case on, because he is overworked, but ultimately agrees to do so. Yet his experiences with Alan ultimately disturb him, and make him question the fundamentals of his own work.

Alan is obsessed with horses, to the point of worshipping them religiously. Alan’s father, an atheist, blames religion on his son’s problems, while his mother says that Alan is his own person, and is to blame himself. Dysart finds that Alan’s obsession with horses is rooted in a childhood experience with a horse, where he felt powerful and free by...

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Study Pack

The Equus Study Pack contains about 82 pages of study material in 13 products, including:

Equus Study Guide

Lesson Plan

All teaching products sold separately.

Equus Lesson Plans contain 106 pages of teaching material, including:

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