The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

Book - 2002
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Describes the volatile courtship between the shrewish Katherine and the canny Petruchio, who is determined to subdue Katherine's legendary temper and win her dowry.
Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, 2002, ©1992.
Edition: Washington Square Press new Folger Library hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9780743452977
0743452976
Branch Call Number: 822.33 Q3 MOWAT
Characteristics: xlix, 253 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.

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Feb 21, 2018

This started great: a prank played on an extremely drunk character. Fun and funny.
However, the play within this play, the entire scope of this work.....what was Shakespeare thinking??!!
Questions I have:
Why is Kate so angry? What happened in her life to cause that anger? What is going on in her home? Anger like this comes from hurt & pain. It stops her from enjoying and living. Then she marries the first guy who "wants" her (to get away from this home situation?). Didn't she jump from the frying pan into the fire?!!
Why is Petruchio seen as such a good guy? He marries a woman for her money, then abuses her until she breaks (or at least agrees with him to keep the abuse away). He's seen as a complete success story and highly admired by his friends. What???!! Why?
Yikes!!
Yes, there are some witty remarks throughout and this play seemed easier to understand than some other Shakespearean plays I've read (it's a bit "Shakespeare-lite") but the premise of this play is a bit off-kilter to me.

I read this after reading Vinegar Girl, which was a kind hearted, light, funny story of a somewhat bitter, disillusioned girl learning to trust herself by trusting love. It was a warm story based on this play. I prefer the Kate in Vinegar Girl to Shakespeare's Kate. This Kate grew and flourished. Shakespeare's Kate is confined to an abusive, shrunken life.

Also, what happened with the prank played on the drunken guy at the beginning? What happened to that group of people? They seem to have been forgotten. What's their purpose?

......scratching my head on this one.......

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britprincess1ajax
Dec 09, 2016

I do love Shakespeare, but boy, am I not a fan of this work. It is markedly misogynistic, thinking starving and abusing women into submission is comedy. It is kind of despicable. I was drawn to it because I loved the film 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU. Well, the premise is there, of a younger sister who is not allowed a love life until her alleged shrew of an elder sister has one. Let's digress for a moment to talk about the film. 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU plays with these conditions cleverly with a father who delivers babies for a living and is terrified of his baby girl becoming pregnant at sixteen. All the parts move perfectly in that film and tell a compelling story with a worthy message. Go watch that film. Do not read this book. It may be Shakespeare, eloquent in its elocution, but it's tripe dressed up in fanciful verse. If that's truly what it was like in the 1590s, I'm glad I'm living in the twenty-first century.

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Dec 09, 2016

“I see a woman may be made a fool,
If she had not a spirit to resist.”

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