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-->'''Frank:''' The thing is, it's a ''swiz''. It seems to be offering you something, but actually it's taking something away. Your intelligence and your concentration, every minute you watch it. That's a true swiz, do you see? [...] Mindless violence! Mindless jokes! Every five minutes some laughing idiot selling you something you don't want, just to bolster up the economic system.

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-->'''Frank:''' --->'''Frank:''' The thing is, it's a ''swiz''. It seems to be offering you something, but actually it's taking something away. Your intelligence and your concentration, every minute you watch it. That's a true swiz, do you see? [...] Mindless violence! Mindless jokes! Every five minutes some laughing idiot selling you something you don't want, just to bolster up the economic system.



-->'''Dysart:''' I'll give him the good Normal world where we're tethered beside [our animals] -- blinking our nights away in a nonstop drench of cathode ray over our shrivelling heads!

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-->'''Dysart:''' --->'''Dysart:''' I'll give him the good Normal world where we're tethered beside [our animals] -- blinking our nights away in a nonstop drench of cathode ray over our shrivelling heads!


* NewMediaAreEvil: Frank Strang is something of a throwback. Being a printer by trade, he's distressed that his son doesn't like to read, but he won't permit a television in the house -- especially since his socialist heart is immensely irritated by the escapist, consumerist dream television offers.

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* NewMediaAreEvil: NewMediaAreEvil:
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Frank Strang is something of a throwback. Being a printer by trade, he's distressed that his son doesn't like to read, but he won't permit a television in the house -- especially since his socialist heart is immensely irritated by the escapist, consumerist dream television offers.


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** Even Dr. Dysart is pessimistic about the influence of television.
-->'''Dysart:''' I'll give him the good Normal world where we're tethered beside [our animals] -- blinking our nights away in a nonstop drench of cathode ray over our shrivelling heads!


-->'''Dora:''' If you added up everything we ever did to him, from his first day on earth to this, you wouldn't find why he did this terrible thing -- because that's ''him'', not just all of our things added up.

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-->'''Dora:''' If you added up everything we ever did to him, from his first day on earth to this, you wouldn't find why he did this terrible thing -- because that's ''him'', not just all of our things added up.-->'''Dora:''' ...the Devil isn't [[FreudianExcuse made by what mummy says and what daddy says]]. The Devil's ''there''. It's an old-fashioned word, but a true thing...

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* FreudianExcuseIsNoExcuse: Alan's mother Dora suspects Dysart is hunting for a FreudianExcuse in Alan's past, and angrily denies that such an excuse would be relevant.
-->'''Dora:''' No, doctor. Whatever's happened has happened ''because of Alan''. Alan is himself. Every soul is itself. If you added up everything we ever did to him, from his first day on earth to this, you wouldn't find why he did this terrible thing -- because that's ''him'', not just all of our things added up.

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* NewMediaAreEvil: Frank Strang is something of a throwback. Being a printer by trade, he's distressed that his son doesn't like to read, but he won't permit a television in the house -- especially since his socialist heart is immensely irritated by the escapist, consumerist dream television offers.
-->'''Frank:''' The thing is, it's a ''swiz''. It seems to be offering you something, but actually it's taking something away. Your intelligence and your concentration, every minute you watch it. That's a true swiz, do you see? [...] Mindless violence! Mindless jokes! Every five minutes some laughing idiot selling you something you don't want, just to bolster up the economic system.


* AudienceMonologue: Dysart is the only character who speaks directly to the audience, and he does so at some length several times throughout.



* PlaceboEffect: Near the climax of the play, Alan brings up the subject of truth-telling drugs. Dysart, sensing that Alan wants to tell him everything but needs an excuse to do so, gives him a "truth pill" which is really aspirin; sure enough, Alan is finally comfortable enough to recall the events of the fatal night.

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* PlaceboEffect: Near the climax of the play, Alan brings up the subject of truth-telling drugs. Dysart, sensing that Alan wants to tell him everything but needs an excuse to do so, gives him a "truth pill" which is really aspirin; sure enough, Alan is finally comfortable opens up enough to recall the events of the fatal night.


* DysfunctionalFamily: The Strangs. Frank and Dora are of wildly differing personalities and perspectives, and their strongly conflicting views of how to treat their son only contribute to his psychosis.

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* DysfunctionalFamily: The Strangs. Frank and Dora are of wildly differing personalities and perspectives, perspectives -- he an atheist and a socialist, she a devout Christian with no particular political leanings -- and their strongly conflicting views of how to treat their son only contribute to his psychosis.



* MaleFrontalNudity: The script calls for the actor playing Alan to appear naked on stage. Predictably, the production starring Creator/DanielRadcliffe spawned countless jokes about Film/HarryPotter showing his "wand." Curiously, the script only calls for the actor playing Alan to mime stripping, never actually requiring any nudity, and indeed Creator/PeterFirth, who originated the role on stage, did so there - before playing the scene naked and full-frontal - rather more impressively as well - in the film version. Radcliffe decided to follow Firth's lead.

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* MaleFrontalNudity: The script calls for the actor playing Alan to appear naked on stage. Predictably, the production starring Creator/DanielRadcliffe spawned countless jokes about Film/HarryPotter showing his "wand." Curiously, the script only calls for the actor playing Alan to mime stripping, never actually requiring any nudity, and indeed Creator/PeterFirth, who originated the role on stage, did so there - before playing the scene naked and full-frontal - -- rather more impressively as well - -- in the film version. Radcliffe decided to follow Firth's lead.



* NotSoDifferent: Alan and Dysart appear separated in a multitude of ways, yet it eventually becomes clear that the staid, predictable Dysart is himself obsessed with the kind of raw passion that Alan experiences, as evidenced by his monologues and bizarre dreams about ancient Greece - but is shown as too afraid to grasp it [[spoiler:until his final lines.]]

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-->'''Dora:''' If you added up everything we ever did to him, from his first day on earth to this, you wouldn't find why he did this terrible thing -- because that's ''him'', not just all of our things added up.
* NotSoDifferent: Alan and Dysart appear separated in a multitude of ways, yet it eventually becomes clear that the staid, predictable Dysart is himself obsessed with the kind of raw passion that Alan experiences, as evidenced by his monologues and bizarre dreams about ancient Greece - -- but is shown as too afraid to grasp it [[spoiler:until his final lines.]]]]
* PlaceboEffect: Near the climax of the play, Alan brings up the subject of truth-telling drugs. Dysart, sensing that Alan wants to tell him everything but needs an excuse to do so, gives him a "truth pill" which is really aspirin; sure enough, Alan is finally comfortable enough to recall the events of the fatal night.



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The play was inspired by a headline of an actual horse blinding; Peter Shaffer then devised the story of his play from the ground up.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Or rather, the horses--we're not told their fate after Alan blinds them.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The play was inspired by a headline the story of an actual horse blinding; blinding, recounted to Peter Shaffer with few concrete details by a friend; Shaffer then devised the story of his play from the ground up.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Or rather, the horses--we're horses -- we're not told their fate after Alan blinds them.


Famous interpreters of Dysart on stage include Creator/AnthonyHopkins, Creator/LeonardNimoy, Creator/AnthonyPerkins and Creator/DanielRadcliffe.

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Famous interpreters of Dysart on stage include Creator/AnthonyHopkins, Creator/LeonardNimoy, Creator/AnthonyPerkins Creator/LeonardNimoy and Creator/DanielRadcliffe.Creator/AnthonyPerkins.


A 1973 play by Creator/PeterShaffer, ''Equus'' was adapted by its author into a 1977 film directed by Creator/SidneyLumet and starring Creator/RichardBurton.

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A 1973 play by Creator/PeterShaffer, ''Equus'' was adapted by its author into a 1977 film directed by Creator/SidneyLumet and starring Creator/RichardBurton.
Creator/RichardBurton and Creator/PeterFirth.

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Famous interpreters of Dysart on stage include Creator/AnthonyHopkins, Creator/LeonardNimoy, Creator/AnthonyPerkins and Creator/DanielRadcliffe.


* BadDreams: Dysart's Greece dream in scene 5, and Alan's frequent dreams concerning "Ek" [[spoiler: or Equus.]]

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* CrisisOfFaith: WordOfGod says Dysart's increasingly sour and skeptical attitude toward his own job is a secular version of this; early in the play he lightly dismisses it as "professional menopause", but it becomes clearer -- especially toward the end -- how deep his doubts really go.


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->-- '''Martin Dysart'''

A play by Creator/PeterShaffer that opened in 1973, ''Equus'' became a film in 1977 also written by Shaffer. In the play and film, a psychiatrist, Martin Dysart is called to investigate the case of a stableboy named Alan Strang. Alan, out of a religious and sexual fascination with horses, savagely blinded six horses with a metal spike. As he examines the boy, and his fascination, Dysart starts to have doubts about whether he can really help him, or whether turning people to a "normal" way of thinking is always the right thing to do.

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->-- -->-- '''Martin Dysart'''

A 1973 play by Creator/PeterShaffer that opened in 1973, Creator/PeterShaffer, ''Equus'' became was adapted by its author into a 1977 film in 1977 also written directed by Shaffer. Creator/SidneyLumet and starring Creator/RichardBurton.

In the play and film, a psychiatrist, psychiatrist Martin Dysart is called to investigate the case of a stableboy named Alan Strang. Alan, out of a religious and sexual fascination with horses, savagely blinded six horses with a metal spike. As he examines the boy, and his fascination, Dysart starts to have doubts about whether he can really help him, or whether turning people to a "normal" way of thinking is always the right thing to do.

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