Explain Helen's love for the theatre in The Story of My Life.

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It might seem odd that Helen Keller, though blind and deaf, could enjoy the theater, but in fact, she did. As she writes:

Is it not true . . . that my life with all its limitations touches at many points the life of the World Beautiful? Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence . . .

Keller describes different trips she took to the theater. She enjoyed seeing a favorite actor of hers, named Mr. Johnson, in Sheridan's The Rivals. Once, he privately acted out important parts of the play for her in a reception room. She was able to put her hands on his and follows his motions, such as his sword thrusts during a sword fight. This experience made the play more real for her.

Keller was also thrilled to meet a young actress called Elsie Leslie, who performed in The Prince and the Pauper. Keller met her back stage in her royal costume, and as Keller was just learning to speak, she was pleased to be able to say Elsie's name.

For Keller, there was as much thrill in the opportunity to interact with famous actors and actresses as there was in going to the plays. She enjoyed, as she said, being able to be part of the excitement of the wider world, and to feel involved in "stirring events." While she still sometimes experienced a sense of isolation, theater-going helped her overcome the separation caused by her disabilities.

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In chapter 22 of The Story of My Life, Helen revealed her love of the theatre.  She loved reading plays, but she found a thrill in having the movements and words of the actors spelled out into her hand as she sat in the theatre.  She even got to meet some of the talented actors and actresses of the plays she loved.  One actor, Mr. Jefferson, became a particular friend of Helen's.  He even let her touch his face so that she could imagine the facial expressions of his character, Rip Van Winkle, upon waking up from his long sleep.  

Helen described her first trip to the theatre, which was twelve years before she wrote her autobiography.  Helen and Ms. Sullivan saw a performance of The Prince and the Pauper.  She swore that she would "never forget the ripple of alternating joy and woe that ran through that beautiful little play."

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