publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2006

From ‘Bad’ to ‘Mad’: Labelling and Behaviour in Peter Shaffer’s Equus

Méndez García, Carmen M.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2006
  • Publisher: Inter-Disciplinary Press
  • Country: Spain
Abstract
The process of ‘labelling’ (whereby labels are socially imposed on a given behaviour by a given person) is an extensive and recurrent one in our society, as proved by the labelling of behaviours and people even into the literary text. In our analysis, we will try to show how applying one of two most different labels (psychopathic or psychotic) greatly influences our understanding of the existence of ‘evil’ or moral responsibility in the deeds of a person. To such end, we will use Peter Shaffer’s play Equus (1973), which requires both the characters in the play and the spectators to decide whether Alan Strang’s terrible crime is a result of evil or of insane beha...
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free text keywords: Crítica textual, Literatura, Teatro, Filología inglesa
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