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Taming of the Shrew

Taming of the Shrew (an Early Comedy)

In Padua (Italy), Lucentio and his servant Tranio (both from Paris) stroll while Lucentio ponders that he has come to Padua to pursue knowledge. Tranio points out that he should pursue pleasures, as well. Then, Baptista and his daughters Katherine (older, the shrew) and Bianca (younger) appear with Bianca's suitors Gremio and Hortensio. Baptista tells them they cannot pursue Bianca until Katherine is married. Privately, Gremio and Hortensio agree to find her a husband so they can both resume wooing Bianca. While looking on, Lucentio falls in love with Bianca. He decides to let his servant Tranio pretend to be Lucentio, so that Lucentio can be a school teacher to Bianca. Biondello (another servant of Lucentio) is told to act as a servant to Tranio. Petruchio of Verona arrives in Padua with his servant Grumio to see his friend Hortensio. Upon meeting, Hortensio mentions Katherine in passing and Petruchio vows to woo and marry her (for her large dowry). Hortensio then decides to pretend to be a school master and instruct Bianca in music. Gremio arrives with Lucentio (disguised as a school master, Cambio) and tells Hortensio of his plants to let Lucentio school Bianca and speak highly of Gremio. Tranio then arrives and announces that he (as Lucentio) will be a suitor to Bianca.

At Baptista's house, Petruchio arrives with Hortensio (as Litio) and Gremio arrives with Lucentio (as Cambio). Tranio (as Lucentio) is also there, proclaiming his suit for Bianca. Petruchio meets Kate and the two spar wits, making Petruchio more determined than ever to marry Kate, which he announces to all; they are to be married on Sunday, though Kate obviously protests. Baptista, upon hearing this, tells Tranio (as Lucentio) and Gremio that the one with the highest dowry will get Bianca.. Tranio bluffs to have more wealth and possessions than Gremio, but Baptista declares Lucentio's father Vincentio must personally assure he has the wealth and will give it to Lucentio.

At Bianca's room, Lucentio (as Cambio) and Hortensio (as Litio) school Bianca. Both reveal their intentions for her love, but they also begin to suspect the other of amorous intentions. On the wedding day, Petruchio arrives late, and is dressed in a fool's clothes. He acts irrationally at the wedding, then immediately leaves town with Kate. Baptista, although flabbergasted, is happy to be rid of her.

At Petruchio's country home, he and Kate arrive, exhausted from the journey, since, throughout, Petruchio has been giving Kate a taste of her own medicine. He continues to berate her and his servants continually. Back in Padua, Tranio and Hortensio spy on Lucentio (as Cambio) courting Bianca. Hortensio, in defeat/despair, swears with Tranio (as Lucentio) not to pursue Bianca anymore. In fact, Hortensio plans to marry a widow who has long loved him. Biondello then appears and tells Tranio and Lucentio he's found a man from Mantua (a Pedant) to impersonate Lucentio's father Vincentio. They trick him to do this by saying people from Mantua are despised in Padua. At Petruchio's house, he further tries to tame Kate by starving her, refusing her to have new clothes, and refusing to visit her father's house since she continues to disagree with him, even though both know he is wrong. Back at Padua, Tranio (as Lucentio) introduces the Pedant (as Vincentio) to Baptista, and all agree to sup together. Meanwhile, Biondello instructs Lucentio to bring Bianca to the church to be married. Elsewhere, Petruchio and Kate travel on the road to Padua where they meet the real Vincentio (Lucentio's Father). Petruchio has Kate so much under his control that he gets her to declare Vincentio is a female to his face, then to apologize and admit that he is truly a man. Petruchio informs Vincentio of his son's marriage to Bianca, and all travel to Padua.

At Padua, Vincentio arrives and asks to see Baptista, though the Pedant (as Vincentio) and Tranio (as Lucentio) deny Vincentio is who he says he is and call for him to be arrested. Lucentio himself and Bianca arrive and set things straight, then announce that they've been married, causing Baptista and the real Vincentio to fume even more. At length, Baptista, Vincentio, and Lucentio come to agreement and all celebrate the three marriages: Petruchio and Kate, Lucentio and Bianca, and Hortensio and the widow. At supper, Petruchio wins a wager by demonstrating that Katherine is now more obedient than Bianca or the widow. He celebrates by saying, "Kiss me Kate," and they do.

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Was Petruchio's treatment of Kate based on military training techniques?

The methods that Petruchio used to tame his wife sound a little like those used by corrupt policemen to sweat confessions out of suspects, or those used by the military in anti-interrogation training. They are not allowed to hit their service personnel, but they do try to break them down by denying them food and sleep and messing with their minds. And I saw a TV show in which some servicemen were being put through some special training. One group decided to turn back not having achieved their objective. As punishment, they were given the task of cooking the meal, but were then told they could not eat any of it. I read in a war memoir about a soldier who thought Shakespeare had been in the army, because he knew how soldiers talked before battles. Given that the army are very good at breaking unruly recruits and turning them into obedient, disciplined soldiers, I wonder if this was what Shakespeare was thinking of when he devised Petruchio's correction regime.

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I was looking into reading the book and so proceeded, as you do, to look into the meaning of the word SHREW and to my suprise I decided not to or got put off if you like. The dictionary entry for the word SHREW 1.A small mouselike insectivorous mammal (Sorex, Crocidura, and other genera, family Soricidae) with a long pointed snout and tiny eyes. 2.A bad-tempered or aggressively assertive woman. I was surprised to see the word was meant as a reference to women ONLY. I am trying to see if the word itself comes from SHRUDE. so what book has put YOU OFF and why?

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I started a thread in the general Shakespeare forum titled: "Untaming of the Shrew." I probably should have placed it here. I have written a short 5 page play titled: The Lord's Bedchamber by Christopher Sly dramatizing what I think Shakespeare is up to in this play. I would love to hear some reaction, particularly from Shakespeare teachers and scholars. This play is at the heart of my master's thesis. It maps the geometry of The Lord's Bedchamber to the Hero's Journey, placing it between the first and second thresholds. It dramatizes how Shakespeare is using the first threshold to create "hero interruptus." It might make a useful reference reading to Taming of the Shrew. Or so I hope. My plan was to weasel my way into the classroom by nailing myself to Shakespeare's coattails. Be the first person on earth to analyze this SHORT 5 page (barely) play. Would it be of value to teachers and students discussing Taming of the Shrew? The Lord's Bedchamber - a play by Christopher Sly

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im really stuck with this essay my teacher gave me at school, anyone wanna help out? "Shakespearean comedy is a kind of story in which good people come through trials and tribulations and find the fortune they deserve." Discuss the statement in relation to the ways The Taming of the Shrew meet this definition of Shakespearean comedy

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im a big shakespeare fan but im currently struggling with analysing and understanding his comedy "the taming of the shrew". anyone with an idea on how i should analyse kate's speech to emphasize my idea that shakespeare was comveying the chauvinistic and gender based vilence experienced by women of his time. HELP!!!!:flare:

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HELLO! i have an assessment in english class im doing the taming of the shrew olden day version and i have to pretend im an interviewer and ask the characters some question. i need to ask question and i have to write the character response. i choose Petruchio anyone have any ideal what question i should ask?

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HELLO! i have an assessment in english class im doing the taming of the shrew olden day version and i need to disucss the play, the issue of the characters in the play, the title and their thoughts and feeling on the event that occur. anyone has any ideal how i cna start it

Help casting "Taming of the Shrew"

I have this assignment where I'm supposed to be producing a modern version of The Taming of the Shrew. The problem? I hardly ever watch movies, therefore I am very unfamiliar with actors. This is what I have so far: Kate: Kiera Knightley or Angelina Jolie, probably Kiera Knightley Bianca: Kelly Reilly Lucentio: Orlando Bloom Hortensio: Tom Hollander Baptista: Donald Sutherland, perhaps? Now these are the ones I have left and have no idea how to cast. Petruchio Grumio Gremio Tranio Can anyone gives me some suggestions for these characters? Especially Petruchio?????

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