Dr. Richard Waugaman presents a discussion following the 2pm performance of The Taming of the Shrew on Saturday, June 2, in which he asks, "What is it about The Taming of the Shrew that elicits such strong reactions in audiences? Is it sexist? Is it dated? It has been said that Shakespeare never tells us what to think—but he tells us what to think about. In this play, he challenges our preconceptions about relationships between men and women. As always, he encourages us to tolerate complexity, rather than be content with overly simplistic answers. A consideration of sado-masochistic relationships is one psychoanalytic perspective on the play that we might consider. Harold Bloom exaggerated when he claimed that Sigmund Freud borrowed all his ideas from Shakespeare. Yet it's true that there is a great deal of overlap between what we can learn about people from Shakespeare and from psychoanalysis, respectively."
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