TAMING OF THE SHREW AND THE MAN FROM LA MANCHA


Two of my favorite plays demonstrating how our ability to see through appearance and reach to the heart of a person transforms that person. In the first, Petruchio marries the shrew (Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton is my favorite movie version), and by showing her her own appearance (in this case, a naggy, horrible one) in his own acting, changes her to the image of his desires; in the latter, Don Quixote sees Dulcinea — a lowly prostitute — as a lovely princess and by so seeing, changes her to a lovely being. The movie version with Peter O Toole and Sofia Lauren is the best.
 

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