Act One Scene Eight

Synopsis of Scene 8

Alan is in his bed, and makes sounds of ‘Ek!’ His movements suggest that he thinks he is riding a horse in his dream. When Alan awakes, he and Dysart see each other and Dysart then leaves.

Commentary on Scene 8

Ek!: Alan is dreaming of the horse Equus.

Investigating scene 8...

  • How do the stage directions explain what is happening?
    • Do you find the scene eerie or frightening?
  • How does this short scene impact on your understanding of the play so far?
  • Why does Dysart walk away at the end?
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